Homeland plans to open a full-service grocery store and a headquarters building in northeast Oklahoma City, according to Ward 7 councilwoman Nikki Nice.

The announcement came a few weeks after the only grocery store in northeast Oklahoma City closed. 

“A brand new, full-service grocery has been a continuous process for northeast Oklahoma City,” Nice said in a news release. “I want to thank Marc Jones and the Homeland board for their work. This is a carefully planned, thoughtful project that’s more than just a store. Every City Council representative from Ward 7 since 1993 has worked toward this moment: Willa Johnson, Skip Kelly, John Pettis and Lee Cooper, plus so many other residents. I am honored to be part of a team that has worked so hard to meet a need in our community.”

The company’s president and CEO said with their current headquarters just across the street, the needs of the community weighed in the decision to build the new store.   

“We approached the opportunity with a few different hats,” President and CEO Marc Jones said. “Both as a local business, and as a company whose mission is to be a company of Oklahomans feeding Oklahomans. It’s not often, but this felt like to us an opportunity where the two fit perfectly together.”

After being open less than a year, a Save-A-Lot shut its doors in November and just recently a Smart Saver in the same area closed suddenly.

Now, Jones is promising his store will be here to stay.

“We are a company of a 103 year history of operating super markets in Oklahoma,” Jones said.  So, if that past is any indication of the future, we are planning on at lease another century of being around.”

Owners of the shuttered Smart Saver store announced plans this month to open a Uptown Grocery store, half a mile from planned Homeland site.

Homeland intends to open a 30,000-square-foot grocery store at NE 36th Street and Lincoln Boulevard with a pharmacy, custom butcher shop, bakery, deli, fresh produce and more. It will be adjacent to a new 35,000-square-foot corporate headquarter. The cost will be at $16 million and will create up to 75 jobs. 

Homeland plans on opening the store in late 2020 or early 2021 with hiring to begin in 2020.