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January 9, 2014

Vacated business may be razed for new development

DUNCAN — Two buildings that have housed thriving businesses over the years will soon be vacant and may even be torn down for further development, the president of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday.

Stockman’s is still using its store on U.S. 81 to sell clearance items but has begun using its new location just north of Sonic.

Gardentown, meanwhile, also plans to move its operation to a five-acre spot further north on the highway.

The Whitten family, which owns the properties, is developing the vacated area to accommodate more commercial properties, said Chamber of Commerce President Chris Deal.

“The current buildings will go down, most likely,” he said.

The departing business owners said they are excited about their moves.

“We are about 99 percent moved and we don’t have much left at the old store in the way of merchandise,” said Ed Morgan, owner of Stockman’s. “We are real happy with the new location and we’ve gotten a lots of positive feedback.”

Stockman’s no longer will sell furniture, livestock feed and pet food but will continue to sell clothing, footwear, accessories, home decor and tack, he said.

Gardentown, meanwhile, also is changing its location to five acres at 4650 U.S. 81.

“We’re about a month away from our move,” said owner Jim Spurlock said. “This has been a long-term plan to get on acreage. We’ll be ten times as big as we are now.”

“It will be quite an adventure and improvement for our business I’m excited for what its going to offer our customers.”

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