Cataloging downtown Tulsa tenants- McFarlin Building
I’m going to start recapping the history of downtown Tulsa Tenants. I think many of you will be pretty surprised who have been here and who they are now.
I’m going to start at 5th and Main, down by Barlett Square, which seems to be the new de facto center of downtown with it’s little cutesy roundabout.
So for starters we have the McFarlin building. It is the building at the NE corner of 5th and Boston. You might have recognized it by the ornate crowned roofline.
The original "anchor" tenant in this building was none other than HALLIBURTON! Yes back then the Halliburton drug of choice was general stores….not multinational energy contracts and dubious activities in Iraq.
Anyhow, Halliburton got out of the grocery business when it sold off the stores to Skaggs. Now I’m sure a lot of you have heard of Skaggs. They were sort of the Walgreens of the early 20th century. Skaggs eventually was merged into a conglomerate called American Stores Inc, which included a handful of drugstore brands.
Well, in the late 1990s, Albertson’s bought out ASI, and we all know who Albertson’s is today. We have quite a few stores here in Tulsa as a matter of fact.
However, in the meantime the Mcfarlin building underwent many changes, one of those being the subdivision of the ground floor space that Skaggs once occupied. While it would be quaint to see a small downtown Albertson’s in the historical location of so many great grocery stores….this is unlikely to happen.
The McFarlin building currently sports a number of law offices and small lunch time eateries.