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OKLAHOMA CITY--Jan Smith feels right at home inside her fashion boutique Park For Her in downtown Oklahoma City.

She closed the store for a while but recently decided open it back up.

"I did a little bit of traveling, and I missed it down here. I missed the people. I missed the store. I missed everything,” Jan Smith, owner of Park For Her, said.

Park for Her, retail space in downtown Oklahoma City

Park for Her, retail space in downtown Oklahoma City

And she's hoping Park For Her will motivate other retail along Park Avenue.

B.C. Clark has been on the corner of Park and Broadway since the 70s when the area was booming in retail.

They've seen the ups and downs of the area.

"We see a lot more people walking the streets than we did say five or ten years ago. And it was very quiet here then, but with all of the things going on in the city, there's a lot of people walking around the streets now," Mitchell Clark, executive vice president of B.C. Clark, said.

Park Avenue, Oklahoma City

Park Avenue, Oklahoma City

The City, Downtown OKC, Inc and The Oklahoma City Greater Chamber of Commerce did a retail study of Park Avenue two years ago.

What's needed:
-More ground floor parking
-More frontage retail
-More nighttime pedestrian traffic
To name a few.

And the recently closed First National Center building could be the start.

They are now in the process of new local ownership.

Already planned? A hotel, residential and a restaurant, but there's a lot more to offer in the nearly 1,000,000 square foot space.

"I think having Park For Her and having First National and then some of the different restaurants moving in you're really going to see the landscape here change pretty quickly," Tammy Fate, manager of retail development and recruitment said.

While The Greater Chamber says they have spoken with national retailers...they say local businesses will be the driving force.

"When they see the success of some of the smaller boutique stores that are currently downtown, then that sometimes will draw in a national tenant as well so I think it's just who wants to be first,” Fate said.

You can follow the process on the chamber's website dedicated to the future of retail in Oklahoma City at