Best stores and shops in Broken Arrow
Plenty of excitement is in store for residents of Broken Arrow, with more shopping options being planned. Broken Arrow is the second-fastest growing community in Oklahoma, and the city’s retail market has been expanding over the past five years. Shopping in Broken Arrow has never been better.
“For retail companies looking at Broken Arrow, the cost of doing business here is lower than many cities in the U.S., and there are good housing choices for our 100,000 residents,” says Warren Unsicker, vice president of economic development at the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corp. “Also, our school system just invested $295 million for six new facilities and the renovation of many others. All of these factors are attractive to retailers.”
Here is a brief description of Broken Arrow’s current three main shopping areas:
The Rose District
Located in the midtown area, The Rose District is a walkable outdoor shopping neighborhood that includes arts, entertainment and restaurant destinations. Current retailers include boutiques and shops with unique fare, such as an authentic Belgium chocolatier named Nouveau Atelier De Chocolat, and a store called 1907 with all-Oklahoma products like clothing, furniture and jewelry.
“Two years ago, The Rose District was far from the destination it has become today, but a $4 million streetscape improvement project brought back vibrancy and a resurgence,” Unsicker says. “The plan was to revitalize the district over 10 years, but it was completed in two because of excitement and the enthusiastic backing of the community.”
Along the south loop of Creek Turnpike in the southern part of Broken Arrow is Aspen Creek, a 100-acre development slated to have 400,000 square feet of retail development. Anchoring the development is Broken Arrow Warren Theatre, which opened in December 2014 and features the largest movie screens in the Tulsa area, along with a 1940s-style diner/malt shop and a full-service balcony and lounge.
“Warren Theatre is a major destination spot around 121st and Aspen that will attract much retail,” Unsicker says. “The theater will be a regional draw with large spikes in traffic counts. New interchanges have also been added along Creek Turnpike as well as widened roads to accommodate more retail.”
Broken Arrow Expressway Corridor
In the northern part of the city is Broken Arrow Expressway Corridor where a number of big box retailers are already doing business, and several others are expected to locate there. The corridor stretches from an existing Bass Pro Shops to the city’s Adams Creek area that has Lowe’s and Cinemark as tenants. Also along that corridor are stores like Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
“The north sector continues to experience growth, and a 2014 opening of Hillside Drive that parallels Broken Arrow Expressway will propel growth in that area even more,” Unsicker says. “A retail corridor along Broken Arrow Expressway has been planned for many years, and Hillside Drive now links many stores along one road.”