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April 3, 2014

Economic boom underway across Claremore

CLAREMORE —

When Claremore City Manager Jim Thomas declares “It’s a new day in Claremore,” it’s obvious he believes it.
And proof of that “new day” is starting to take shape all over town.
Three new hotels are currently in the works. Construction has begun on the three-story La Quinta Inn at the site of the old Okie Inn.
A Hampton Inn will be located at Claremore Plaza across from the St. John’s Urgent Care Clinic, and an 80-room Holiday Inn and Conference Center will be built behind Walmart where the former bowling alley sits. 
City officials will meet April 10 with the Holiday Inn developers to go over plans.
“I have been assured it will be completed by May 2015,” Thomas said. “We’ll be using that as the host hotel for the state City Managers Association conference. We have been working with the CVB (Claremore Visitors Bureau) to put on quite an event that will showcase Claremore to the city managers of the state of Oklahoma.”
Thomas believes the three hotels are just the beginning of Claremore’s recent economic development upswing.
“With the hotels investing in the community, now we’re trying to get retailers and restaurants to add to that value,” he said. “We have the hotels, now we need places to feed the people that will stay there.”
Construction has already begun on a Whataburger restaurant, located just to the north of Walmart.
“This is a great convenient location for people coming out of Walmart onto the service road,” said City Planner Jill Ferenc.
“It’s a highly trafficked area.”
Rumors also have been swirling about the addition of a Cracker Barrel, and while Thomas said there are no plans at this time, work is being done to change that.
“There is a movement afloat by Cathey and Rick Swan to market their property to Cracker Barrel,” Thomas said. “The CVB has also made contact.”

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