It wasn’t too long ago that Randy Hogan was boasting a 100 percent occupancy for Lower Bricktown. Not any more. A few months ago LIT clothing next to Starbucks closed. That space remains empty. Sometime in the past week or two one of Hogan’s oldest tenants, Firefly clothing, closed as well. That leaves Lower Bricktown with a theater, restaurants and clubs. And while the theater was a big win for Bricktown and downtown, the remaining mix wasn’t exactly what city leaders were pursuing when they agreed to the controverial public funding of a Bass Pro Shops to be the anchor for the development eight years ago.
To be fair, retail is getting hit hard everywhere. But in light of where Lower Bricktown is today, should it be considered a success or a disappointment?