Ardmore is now a few steps closer to getting new restaurants and businesses that were announced earlier this year.
Plans for a new strip mall on 12th Street are still underway. Academy will serve as the anchor store and several other chains, like Five Below and Petsmart, have shown interest in claiming a spot in the strip. Development Services Director Jessica Scott said her department has started assigning addresses to the incoming businesses, though no ground has been broken on the project yet.
“They’re in the design and platting phase still,” Scott said. “They’ve come up with a design for the building.”
Scott said they’ve discussed how much parking the new building will need, how many restrooms it will need and other finer points of the project. She said Academy plans to have the new location open by spring break of 2019, a little less than a year from now. Scott said she wouldn’t be surprised if the project took longer.
“Even spring break is early for them, because of the infrastructure and everything,” Scott said. “In front of where they’re building, there’s a huge drainage pond and they need to move it. That’s going to take some doing.”
The strip mall is the largest development, but it isn’t the only one. Taco Casa is nearing the  grand opening of its Ardmore location and the new Popeye’s is nearly complete as well. Wendy’s on the corner of 15th Avenue and North Commerce Street is still under construction, but has begun hiring staff.
“Wendy’s poured their slab today, so they’re also going to be quickly moving along,” Scott said.
Scott said Swadley’s, a BBQ restaurant set to open on 12th Street, is aiming to open by July 4. Panda Express announced it would open an Ardmore location months ago, but has not begun construction yet and has not announced an opening date.
The city is also still working on updating its Code of Ordinances. Scott said the department is working on an assessment of what they’ve learned from meetings with community members, and will probably hold more once the assessment is done.