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No. 8 Business story of 2017: Pawhuska economy grows after Pioneer Woman's Mercantile opens

No. 8 Business story of 2017: Pawhuska economy grows after Pioneer Woman's Mercantile opens

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In its first full year of operation, the Mercantile made a lasting impression, drawing visitors from across the country and putting locals to work.

Developed by “Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond, of literary and Food Network fame, and her Osage County rancher husband, Ladd Drummond, the 25,000-square-foot country store opened on Halloween 2016.

Its buzz has continued to build.

In a story that appeared around the Merc’s one-year anniversary, the Tulsa World reported that the store and its warehouse had generated 235 jobs and led to the creation of 20 new businesses.

Tapping into the Pioneer Woman phenomenon, Ree Drummond also announced this year plans for two new renovation projects, one of which is an adjacent eight-room hotel. Under construction across the street is the roughly $2.5 million refurbishing of the historic Triangle Building, which Tulsa developers Bob Jack and John Snyder are converting into a five-story, 20-room hotel.

— Rhett Morgan, Tulsa World

Rhett Morgan

918-581-8395

rhett.morgan@tulsaworld.com

Twitter: @RhettMorganTW

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