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National retail chains look to land in Oklahoma City in 2013

The new year is likely to bring new retail to the Oklahoma City market.

Shoppers clamor for new shops and have shown support with their wallets at many of the big additions in recent years — Whole Foods Market and The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City, both of which opened in 2011. Dick's Sporting Goods made a major impression when it opened four stores simultaneously this fall, two in Oklahoma City and one each in Moore and Midwest City.

A Christmas tree is part of the holiday decorations at The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City. SARAH PHIPPS - THE OKLAHOMAN

Metro area retail projects in 2013

The following new retail projects have been announced and are expected to open next year:

  • Target in Lawton
  • Hemispheres in Moore
  • Sprouts Farmers Market in Norman
  • Crest Foods in Norman
  • Sam's Club in Edmond

But 2013 could be the year for new names — like Trader Joe's, LA Fitness, HomeGoods and Von Maur — as well as new shopping centers, since Oklahoma City's retail space is nearly 95 percent occupied, said Jim Parrack, senior vice president of retail at Price Edwards & Co. commercial real estate firm.

He predicts we'll see additions to University North Park in Norman and Fritts Farm in Moore, as well as a new ground-up development somewhere along Memorial Road.

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