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Pioneer Woman Mercantile to open in late September

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Construction activity continues at a fairly frantic pace around the Mercantile Building at Main Street and Kihekah Avenue. The long-awaited downtown deli/general store/bakery project of Ladd and Ree Drummond is now aimed toward a September opening.

PAWHUSKA — A dream several years in the making is finally coming to fruition, as Bartlesville native Ree Drummond, host of “The Pioneer Woman” on Food Network, announced recently she is hiring for The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, Main Street and Kihekah Avenue in downtown Pawhuska.

“A few years ago, my husband and I started renovating an old building on Main Street in our small town,” Drummond wrote on her blog. “In 2014, we finished 1/4 of the building, which we use as our family/ranch office. The rest of the building will be the site of The Pioneer Woman Mercantile: a bustling bakery, a delicious deli, and a gorgeous general store opening in fall 2016.”

Ree and Ladd Drummond, who own an expansive cattle ranch west of Pawhuska, purchased the former Osage Mercantile Building, originally built in 1907, and began the renovation project in 2012. The Drummonds also purchased the former Pawhuska Alco retail building, 1457 W. Main Street, and transformed the space into a warehouse for The Pioneer Woman Mercantile as well as online sales of products.

To prepare for a late September opening, Drummond said she is looking to hire a manager for the general store and to also staff the bakery, kitchen, store and warehouse for the expected influx of business to the Pawhuska locations. Applications for the general manager position are being accepted online at Drummond’s website, and three job fairs have been scheduled in Pawhuska, Bartlesville and Tulsa, Drummond announced.

Job seekers in Pawhuska can attend the first job fair, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Constantine Center, 101 W. Main Street. A second job fair for the Bartlesville area is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams Boulevard. The third job fair is slated for Tulsa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Bond Event Center, 608 E. Third Street.

Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joni Nash said the Osage County town is excited for the opening of The Pioneer Woman Mercantile.

“This is such a great opportunity for growth here,” Nash said. “Having additional jobs in Pawhuska is a huge plus, not to mention the amount of visitors coming here and spending money at this great new business. Because of her success on the internet, with cookbooks and of course on national television, we expect Ree’s mercantile to be the talk of the area. This is wonderful for Pawhuska, wonderful for Osage County and a huge benefit to the state of Oklahoma.”

Pawhuska

Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Constantine Center, 110 W. Main Street

Bartlesville

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams Boulevard

Tulsa

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Bond Event Center, 608 E. Third Street

Upcoming job fairs