By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Retail | Issue: May 2010
The Ne-Mar Shopping Center now boasts two new big-name stores, Hibbett Sports and Maurices.
Ne-Mar Shopping Center has been a fixture on Will Rogers Boulevard for decades. Chances are, when someone from a surrounding community or rural area talked about “going to town,” Claremore was their destination – and Ne-Mar was on their list of stops. Over the years, Ne-Mar has housed formerly well-known businesses including Otasco, TG&Y, Sirloin Stockade, Anthony’s and Humpty Dumpty Grocery. But while these businesses have long since gone, Ne-Mar still holds a firm place in the community with names well-known in today’s retail world, such as J.C. Penney, Stage, Bath and Body, and Madalan’s Hallmark, among many others. And now, Ne-Mar is proud to welcome two new names: Hibbett Sports and Maurices.
Hibbett Sports is a sporting goods chain offering name-brand athletic apparel and shoes for all ages, as well as popular sports team accessories. Maurices is part of a large national chain of women’s clothing stores, offering casual and dress clothing in sizes 0 to 24, as well as fashion accessories including purses, belts and jewelry. Ne-Mar owners and founders, the Neely family, are very excited to bring these shopping choices to Claremore, and feel that the stores will not only boost the success of the present Ne-Mar tenants, but the economy of Claremore as well.
“Our family has been in Claremore since 1951, so we feel strong community ties,” says Steve Neely. “We are so happy to get to do something nice for Claremore.”
The addition of Hibbett Sports and Maurices coincides with Ne-Mar’s recent facelift. In order to make room for the new businesses, the old Goldie’s Restaurant was torn down to make room for a 10,000-square-foot addition to the center. Ne-Mar’s new stucco exterior, decorative storefronts and fresh landscaping, along with several new signs for various businesses – two of which will soon grace Will Rogers Boulevard – are part of Ne-Mar’s effort to be a viable and progressive part of the Claremore community. Both Steve and Terrie Neely feel that increasing shopping choices in Claremore will save locals expensive trips to Tulsa and, as Terrie says, “help keep tax dollars in Claremore.”
Steve Neely and Hibbett Sports manager Paula Eaton.
Ne-Mar Shopping Center was originally owned by Paul and Jonnie Neely and partner Jack Marlar. The center became a true “family affair” in 1989, when Marlow’s interests were purchased by the Neely children: Steve and Terrie Neely and Sherry and Ed Barstow. Since that time, Ne-Mar has experienced continued growth, with J.C. Penney, which moved from its old downtown location in 1988, providing an anchor for the center. With the new addition, Ne-Mar now boasts 112,000 square feet of retail area, and hosts 32 shops and restaurants for local shoppers.
“We hope the improvements we have made to the center will boost the success of our new and long-time tenants,” says Steve. “With our family’s strong ties to this community, we want to make Ne-Mar an attractive place for Claremore citizens to visit.”