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Town Center loses key tenants

By Jeff Harrison
Managing Editor

Midwest City’s Town Center Plaza recently lost two key tenants.

Pei Wei has closed its restaurant in Midwest City’s Town Center Plaza. (Photo by Jeff Harrison)

J.C. Penney and Pei Wei both announced they will not reopen following the coronavirus shutdown.

J.C. Penney declared for bankruptcy in May and announced plans to permanently shutter 154 stores across the country, including Midwest City. Stores in McAlester, Muskogee, Shawnee, and Tulsa are also on the list of closures.

Robert Coleman, economic development director for Midwest City, said he was surprised and saddened by the closures.

“I don’t know where this store ranked in performance versus others, but I can tell you more than one manager has told me that this store was doing well, so it’s very puzzling that it was included in these closures,” Coleman said.

In 2007, J.C. Penney opened the 89,000-square-foot store at 7271 SE 29th Street. The property was remodeled in 2013, according to county records.
J.C. Penney rents the building from Collett.  The Midwest City Economic Development Authority leases the land for much of the Town Center, including J.C. Penney.

“It will not be easy to rent a building this size,” Coleman said. “It usually takes about 12 to 18 months to fill an average sized retail space. And they may have to divide this into two or three different suites.”

Pei Wei, 7311 SE 29th St., closed its doors in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and never reopened.

J.C. Penney announced it is closing 154 stores across the country including in Midwest City. (Photo by Jeff Harrison)

“I’m not sure why they closed but other Pei Wei locations are doing carryout only, which can be quite a predicament for restaurants,” Coleman said. “This is a great location but I think it will be tough to fill this space.”

The property has been listed by Baker First Commercial Real Estate in Oklahoma City.

Pei Wei opened the 3,100-square-foot restaurant in 2015.

8 Comments

  1. Roxeann Taft on June 10, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Sad to see the closing…

  2. Dawna Beavers on June 10, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    I have a JC Penny product that has a warranty. Will that still be honored?

    • Agra Grundy on June 11, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      A bath and body works should replace pei wei. But a spourts needs to replace jc penny

  3. Amy Humphrey on June 10, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I would love to see a Bath and Body works open in the Peo Wei spot!! It would be a wonderful location! Midwest City needs one!

  4. Terry ward on June 10, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Pei wei could have made it. After initial opening of pei wei they went to very poor management style. And no parking in front except fir take out was not good. Made it always look like no one there. You had to park at mattress store.

  5. Marilyn Black on June 11, 2020 at 12:33 am

    Have you all considered moving ChicFilet into that building? They have enough customers to fill it up, and maybe folks can get to where they want to go. The traffic is blocked, congested,and at a stand still. And some folks are eating in the Marshalls lot leaving trash all over. Just a thought!!!

    • Yancy Box on June 11, 2020 at 11:59 pm

      There’s a new one opening in front of Burlington. That should help.

  6. Patty Appelman on June 24, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    The cashier told me the owner of the building is raising the rent and business is great !

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