Ardmore sees continued growth

Drew Butler
Construction is now underway for Burkes Outlet. The new store will be directly east of Academy Sports and Outdoors and will  offer name-brand clothing and household items at discounted prices.

Construction in Ardmore is booming despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Stitt has declared construction to be an essential business, so during the month of March the city issued over $7.9 million in construction permits for new businesses and residential properties.

Community Development Director Jessica Scott said she saw a slight dip in the number of new permits at the beginning of the pandemic, but it has since picked back up.

“It’s been really busy. I spent all last week issuing permits,” Scott said. “At first I think there was a dip because people were not working as much, but now I think everyone is getting used to working from home. I’m really surprised, but it’s almost back to business as usual with all the new construction.”

One of the largest permits issued in March was for Burkes Outlet. The new store will be located east of Academy Sports and Outdoors and will specialize in selling name brand clothing and home goods at discount prices. Scott said construction for the new business is already underway, and crews are working to install the plumbing and the slab.

Scott said she also issued a permit for Rack Room Shoes which will be located at Ardmore Commons. She has also issued permits for a new daycare and a church which will be located inside the former 1-800-Flowers building in Thompson Square.

Scott said she believes the new permits represent hope for the future.

“It makes me feel like when this is over, the city is going to be an even better place to live,” Scott said. “Things are really happening in Ardmore. I cannot believe how many business permits have popped up over the past few weeks.”