Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Petroleum Club Opens Second Location

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Petroleum Club Opens Second Location

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It's "out with the old, in with the new, then (hopefully) back again to the old again" time at Oklahoma City's Petroleum Club.

The club, which has been located at the top of the Bank One Tower in downtown Oklahoma City since 1969, has opened a second location for the first time in its history at the old Greystone Restaurant at 1 North Sooner Road in Edmond. And that move may make it possible for the club to close its membership roster for the first time since the early 1980s.

Verej Jazirvar, manager of The Petroleum Club, said the club's downtown location led officials to consider opening a second outlet to attract dinner business. He said many club members live on the north side of the metro area, making a trip back to the downtown area at night a major excursion.

"The location was the issue, with the membership living way north, not coming back at night," Jazirvar said.

Jazirvar first approached the club's board of directors about opening an Edmond branch in December 1998, but plans for the expansion were not finalized until a year later when the club signed a lease-purchase agreement to buy the Edmond facility. After signing the agreement, the club invested more than $500,000 to remodel the 12,000 square-foot building and hired about 100 employees.

During the early stages of the expansion, club officials invited feedback from members. That feedback only reinforced Jazirvar's belief that a second outlet could be profitable.

"We never had a negative response to what we were going to do," he said.

One of the big attractions of the Petroleum Club North, in addition to location, is easier access to the facility.

"It's more convenient for them, especially elderly people, to come have dinner with us," Jazirvar said. "As far as parking goes, they don't have to park, come on up (to the 34th floor of the Bank One Tower). It's easier access, I would say, at the Petroleum Club in Edmond. …

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