Edmond businesses forced to move: Is Costco the reason why?

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There’s been a big shake-up taking place at an Edmond shopping center recently.

Business after business moving out, sparking the rumor mill.

It’s happening at the Bryant Square shopping center, near Second and Bryant.

Empty store fronts where businesses like the House of Vacuums, Radio Shack and Hallmark operated for years.

As one by one they move out, the rumor is growing that a Costco is moving in, but whether there’s any truth to that is still unknown.

However, what is confirmed is that many of the stores are moving out, and it's not by choice.

Bob March is the owner of House of Vacuums, now located at 15th and Santa Fe in Edmond.

The store opened in their new location after their lease was not renewed at Bryant Square.

“We didn't have a lot of time to tell our customers," March said. "We'd been over there since 1978.”

The business spent more than 30 years in Bryant Square.

“They just said, 'We're not going to renew your lease.' That was the end of communication," March said. "Nothing after that, except, 'Here's where to mail the key,' and that was sent in an email.”

He said they had just ten weeks to find a new home.

They aren't the only ones.

Daylight Donuts, Tuesday Morning, a dance studio and several others will soon be making their way to new locations.

The question everyone wants answered is: What are the owners making room for?

“We've heard Costco,” March said.

While he doesn’t believe the rumor, he’s not the only one who's heard it.

Many of the shop owners still in Bryant Square would not go on camera but told us they too have heard a Costco could be on the horizon.

They said Zio’s and Ulta may also be possibilities.

“Oh, we've heard the rumor,"said Janet Yowell, executive director for the Edmond Economic Development Authority. "We can't confirm anything.”

What Yowell can confirm is big changes are on the way.

“It's a big sea of parking at that center right now. So, the plan is to bring back some landscaping," she said. "They want to change the look of the center and bring back the ambiance.”

The city said several of the buildings in the parking lot will likely be demolished.

Other spaces are set to be remodeled.

For March, it was an unplanned transition but one he said has worked out pretty well for his company.

“This area's been really good for us,” March said.

We tried to contact the property owner and Costco to see if there is any merit to the rumor but, so far, neither have responded to our request for information.

It has been confirmed a Costco is being built in  the Tulsa  area.

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