After more than a century, old is new again at Mettry’s in Wynnewood

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WYNNEWOOD, Okla. -- Old is new again on the corner of Kerr and McGee.

Craig Mettry is still getting used to the newly remodeled department store he grew up in.

A visitor asks, "Do you still wander around wondering if this is your store?"

"You know, it's very different," he replies.

A three-month project turned into six, but the store his father rented out in 1956 looks a little more like the one his grandfather used to own back in the early 1900's.

Craig explains, "We had an acoustic tile drop ceiling so the idea was to remove that and expose the brick you see here."

Back are the exposed bricks, woodwork, and family history on display.

Mettry says, "The older you get, the more it starts meaning to you."

"Did you uncover any surprises going back," asks his visitor?

"No" he smiles. "I kept waiting to find the box of money that someone had stashed a long time ago."

The present day economy was going pretty well.

Local oil refinery employees were buying a lot of his work clothes so Craig decided it was time to take off the old awning we saw at their 100th Anniversary back in 2000.

Away went the drop ceilings and the old tile floors Craig remembered putting in as a kid.

He says, "I remember when I was 8, scraping up those floors to lay the floor we scraped up remodeling. So 50 years have passed."

Back in 1900, Richard Mettry moved to Oklahoma from the country of Lebanon and started selling stuff from the back of an old wagon.

That spirit moves through the place now more than ever.

"I had it easy," he states. "I stepped into a thriving business that I'm trying to keep going. He had the tough part."

Mettry's maneuvered its way long past the generation of locally owned stores that used to occupy every Main Street in small town Oklahoma.

This is one of those rare places that managed to navigate the times based on lessons learned generations ago.

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