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OKG Newsletter

Topic: Walmart

Downtown gets down

Small-business owners and art cooperatives energize an already bustling district in downtown Norman.


Charles Martin
Festivals packed with V-necked music fans, and monthly art walks drawing leisurely pedestrian traffic have thrown a spotlight on downtown Norman.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Out-there outlet

The planned outlet mall keeps adding stores

Outlet malls were a big deal to middle-school me. Where else was I going to drag my mom to try and find a cheap pair of Guess jeans? Answer: nowhere. Not even those meccas of last-season looks and sales. My mom apparently hated me (but let’s be clear: I was 13, so I probably hated me, too), so I was stuck in J.C. Penney knockoffs with names like Guessed! and Guest?

I’ll have to relive that trauma at The Outlet Shoppes (clever name!), slated to open in August way the hell out on Interstate 40 and Council Road. The mall — which will have 60,000 square feet of shops — has so far announced 78 shops, including Guess, BCBG Max Azria, DKNY and Le Creuset.

This is apparently the first outlet mall in the state (really?) and, according to a press release from the developer, is expected to draw more than 6 million shoppers a year from a three-state area. Again, really? Maybe I’m just not their demographic.

Anyway, the massive center will be more than just shopping, with (from the release) “landscaped courtyards, vibrant architectural features and a fun, lively setting throughout.”

I don’t know — vibrant architectural features sound amazing and all, but maybe I’m just too bitter from the Guess-related outlet-mall experiences of my youth. But parents, this is your opportunity to dangle the clothes that hold the key to your child’s popularity in front of them, then laugh wickedly and drive to Walmart.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 06.08.2011 3 years ago
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Calculated account

A Tulsa ad exec documents his ultimately futile attempt to do business with Walmart. The corporation called the account atypical.


C.G. Niebank
Retail giant Walmart may tout “everyday low prices” and have ubiquitous friendly yellow smiley faces in its marketing, but a retired Tulsa advertising executive’s account of his experience with the company paints a picture that’s anything but friendly.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Enterprising methods


Gazette staff
Shopper and allegedly resourceful drug entrepreneur Alisha Halfmoon is being accused of trying to cook methamphetamine in the back of a Tulsa Walmart.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Crossing Obamacare

Hobby Lobby's legal battle against the Affordable Care Act has made it a darling of evangelical Christians nationwide.


Peter Wright
For supporters of Hobby Lobby, the fluorescent bulbs that light store aisles have perhaps become a beacon of righteousness. The Oklahoma City-based chain stepped into the political fray late last year with a controversial lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a case that has garnered praise from some of the most prominent evangelical figures in the country.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Who’s on our planet’s side?


David Ocamb
This legislative session, more than any other session in Oklahoma’s history, the environment was under constant attack by well-funded and organized corporate lobbyists and radical right special interests.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014