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Lawton's 82nd Street Project Nearing Completion

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LAWTON Okla_Good news for shoppers waiting to hit the Lawton marketplace stores on 82nd Street. The Vice President of the contracting company said everything is on schedule for a grand opening in July or August.

 This privately-funded project is worth about 40 million dollars, the largest project of its kind in Lawton in 35 years.

 Academy and Target will both be a part of the shopping center. Also, Famous Footwear has joined along with Panda Express, Petsmart, TJ Maxx, Chuck E Cheese and Qdoba.

 Everywhere you look there's a ton of hype about this new shopping center, even with other Lawton businesses.

 Easton's ace hardware has been in Lawton for 70 years.

 "We were here before sears was here in Lawton, before Home Depot, before Lowe's, before Walmart," store owner Kenneth Easton said.

 They survived all of that new competition by making changes. He said those changes actually made the company better.

 "Every time it's happened on to it, it's actually added more business for us and given us more opportunity," Easton said.

 That's why he is welcoming new competition a mile down the road.

 Even closer than that, Jim Glover Chevrolet sits just across the street from the development. Managing partner Steve Barnes said he's ready to see more people out his direction.

 "We're on the west end of town," Barnes said, "So unless you live on the west end of town or you work at Goodyear, you probably don't come this far west."

 That will all change in just a few short months. Barnes said the new shopping center could increase store drive-by traffic anywhere from 25 to 40%.

Barnes said that could help attract impulse buyers that are shopping in Wichita Falls and Oklahoma City right now.

 "You have to do some shopping over there and you look up and you see a car you like sitting on the corner, sure it can cost you business," Barnes said.

 He thinks the shopping center will change that. He said keeping consumers here in Lawton is of course good for him, but even better for the city.

 Kenneth Easton agrees with Barnes completely.

 Easton said, "A rising tide always raises all the ships and I think we'll see the same thing with more people coming into our area."

 The new development has already spurred other businesses to open up locations right next to it.

 This will include a couple of car dealerships.

 

 

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