Ground broken on new Reasor's store in Broken Arrow
By John Dobberstein, Editor
Brookshire Grocery Co., the City of Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow Chamber and community leaders broke ground Tuesday for the much-anticipated Reasor’s grocery store in south Broken Arrow.
The Tyler, Texas-based Brookshire owns more than 200 stores and employs more than 19,000 employee-partners across 4 states. Reasor's became one of Brookshire's banner brands in November 2021.
The ceremony featured a land acknowledgment by Brookshire CEO Brad Butcher.
"It's my honor and privilege on behalf of Brookshire Grocery Company and Reasor's to recognize the ancient stewards of this land, Butcher said. "Today, as we begin a new chapter and opportunity, we do it with a full appreciation of this place's unique history and culture and those who have come before."
The groundbreaking could be seen as a bit of relief for residents in south Broken Arrow, who were shocked and saddened — even angry in some cases — several years ago when Reasor’s announced it would close its location at W. New Orleans St. and S. Elm Place.
After a new store was been proposed Brookshire acquired Reasor’s, but the company said it would stand by the commitment to a new building.
Company officials stressed the new location, which will be the flagship retailer of the Aspen Ridge development, will be a next-generation Reasor's experience, with an outdoor grill, a patio, a performing stage for live music and a kids’ playground.
Broken Arrow is also celebrating the pending redevelopment of the old Reasor’s store by Crush Fitness into a 45,000-square-foot facility that will help anchor New Orleans Square.
The new Reasor's is expected to open in 2024.