By TEDDYE SNELL
With the flurry of activity at the Reasor’s corporate headquarters, corner of Choctaw and College, some community members may have worried that a pillar of Tahlequah’s business community would be moving its home office to Tulsa.
But CEO Jeff Reasor on Thursday said those concerns are unfounded.
“As long as I’m around, the home office of Reasor’s will stay in Tahlequah,” said Reasor.
On Wednesday, the Press reported that about half of the 100 employees in the Tahlequah home office – mostly department directors and executives – would be moving to a new space at an Albertson’s in Tulsa.
“It’s true that about half of the people are going to be in Tulsa,” said Reasor. “But [President and Chief Strategy Officer] Alan Mills and I will be staying right here in Tahlequah. The people who [are affected] are those who were driving from Tulsa to Tahlequah every day already. We got to looking at things, and we were spending about $100,000 a year on travel expenses.”
The Wednesday report indicated the new location had been acquired from the Cherokee Nation.
“We have had office space in that Albertson’s for about two years,” said Reasor. “The Cherokee Nation was also looking at streamlining some things, and this just worked out.”
Reasor said the employees who are moving into the new office had space in various stores in Tulsa already.
“This move just provides a central place. The lower floor of the Tahlequah office has not changed; all the offices are still there,” he said. “What we moved amounted to some desks and filing cabinets from the second floor.”
Reasor’s has 17 store locations, 14 of which are in the Tulsa area, including Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs, Sapulpa.