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None June 10th, 2014

In the past 30 years, the company has moved three times as it has grown and expanded. The first location was Warkentine’s house. The second location, in Moore, was destroyed by the May 3, 1999, tornado that tore through the city. The company relocated to south Oklahoma City and has been there ever since.

BY KELLEY CHAMBERS

Moore technology company expanding


The owners of Computer Rx broke ground May 29 on a new headquarters building in Moore.

The company was founded in 1982 by Roger Warkentine. He started the company to provide an easy-to-use pharmacy management system for independent pharmacies.

In the past 30 years, the company has moved three times as it has grown and expanded. The first location was Warkentine’s house. The second location, in Moore, was destroyed by the May 3, 1999, tornado that tore through the city. The company relocated to south Oklahoma City and has been there ever since.

The new 50,000-square-foot building is set for completion in May 2015. It will be a part of the Fritts Farm Development near SW 19th Street and Telephone Road.

The development will include a pond and a community walking trail. Should a tornado bear down on the area, the building will be equipped with a safe room.

Cabela’s plans OKC store Nebraska-based outdoor retailer Cabela’s Inc. plans to open an 80,000-square-foot store — its first store in Oklahoma — in the fall of 2015.

It will be located near the John Kilpatrick Turnpike and N. Western Avenue in northwest OKC.

The store will offer outdoor products, an indoor archery range, a deli, a gun library, a bargain cave, a boat shop and a fudge shop. The company plans to hire 180 full-time and part-time employees.

“Cabela’s couldn’t be more excited to announce our first Oklahoma location,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s CEO, in a statement. “Customers across Oklahoma have been asking us to bring a Cabela’s store to the state for years, and we look forward to bringing them the extraordinary Cabela’s experience.”

Crowe & Dunlevy plans move to Braniff Building Crowe & Dunlevy has entered into a lease agreement with SandRidge Energy to lease 70,000 square feet of office space in the Braniff Building at 324 N. Robinson Ave.

The law firm, founded in 1902, will occupy 90 percent of the office space in the 1923 building. After sitting vacant for years, SandRidge renovated the building in 2013. The ground floor houses retail space.

“This building has almost as much history as our firm itself, which makes it perfectly suited to serve as the new home for our Oklahoma City attorneys and staff,” Kevin Gordon, Crowe & Dunlevy president, said in a statement. “We are excited to have a new, modern space for our team to continue providing the highest quality legal services to clients in Oklahoma and across the nation.”

The Braniff was designed by Andrew Solomon Layton — who also designed buildings including the state Capitol and the Skirvin Hilton Hotel — and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The firm also will lease 5,000 square feet of space from SandRidge in City Place, 204 N. Robinson Ave., to house additional staff.

“SandRidge remains focused on maximizing shareholder value through the efficient and strategic use of our assets, and today, the fully leased Braniff Building is further evidence of that commitment,” said SandRidge President and CEO James Bennett, in a statement. “As an outstanding downtown corporate citizen, Crowe & Dunlevy is a valued partner, and we are pleased to have them as neighbors and tenants.”

Crowe & Dunlevy has been leasing space at 20 N. Broadway Ave. It also has an office in Tulsa.

 
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