Village West shopping center attracts 44 eateries, retailers
Officials from the Unified Government and RED Development say 44 tenants have committed to a massive, 750,000-square-foot shopping center inside Village West tourism and entertainment district in western Wyandotte County.
Construction started last week on The Legends of Village West, an open-air shopping center scheduled for unveiling late next year. RED Development, a Kansas City, Mo., company is developing the shopping area, which is about 15 miles east of Tonganoxie.
"We are thrilled with how well our leasing efforts are going," RED Development partner Dan Lowe said. "At this point, we have far exceeded our expectations and are ready to begin construction."
Lowe added that many of new businesses are "first-ever concepts" and are "sure to be a big draw for both locals and visitors."
When completed, officials estimate, the Legends shopping center will generate more than $200 million in annual sales and create approximately 2,500 jobs.
RED Development officials said the 44 tenants are equal to approximately 35 percent of the stores and restaurants that ultimately will open inside the shopping center.
Here's a list of the tenants that were announced last week:
- Cheeseburger and Paradise, a Jimmy Buffet-themed eatery.
- STIX Restaurant, offering three distinct "restaurants within a restaurants" and best of Asian cuisine.
- T-Rex Cafe, a 20,000-square-foot destination featuring places to shop and eat.
- Bozo's Hot Pit Bar-B-Cue, from the founder of Hard Rock Cafe and House of blues. This restaurant will offer barbecue from some of "the finest pit masters in the country."
- Dave and Buster's, specializes in serving food in big portions.
- Ted's Montana Grill, an endeavor of media mogul Ted Turner features American favorites in a turn-of-the century Montana-style setting.
- Outback Steakhouse, offers a variety of food in an atmosphere suggestive of the Australian outback.
- Candylicious, designed to bring "awe" effect to the candy dreams of children.
- Scooters Java Express, opened in Nebraska and voted best local cup of coffee in Omaha for two years running.
- McDonald's fast-food restaurant.
- Cold Stone Creamery, which has more than 350 ice cream stores across the country.
- Planet Sub, off shoot of Yellow Sub store located in Lawrence.
- Firebirds Rocky Mountain Grill, rustic restaurant with a wide-ranging menu.
- Yard House Restaurant, which offer food and one of the world's largest selection of draft beers.
- Coyote Ugly, a tavern based on the legendary New York City bar and film of the same name.
- Johnny Carino's Country Italian restaurant, casual full service eatery that caters to families and dining parties of all sizes.
- Granite City Food and Brewery, a restaurant with on-site brewery.
- Nick-N-Willy's World Famous Take-N-Bake Pizza, serves gourmet pizzas customers bake at home.
- Maid Rite, a quick service, casual dining restaurant established in 1926.
- New York Deli, relaxed atmosphere featuring an Internet cafe.
- Qdoba Mexican Grill, fast-casual Mexican fare.
- Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, store stocks between 30,000 and 50,000 pairs of men's and women's shoes.
- Balano Fine Jewelry.
- Cavender's western apparel.
- Helzberg Diamonds.
- Pacific Sunwear, offers casual apparel, accessories and footwear.
- Finish Line.
- Mikasa, a leading store selling dinnerware and other accessories.
- Sports Nutz, a store stocked with Chiefs and NASCAR merchandise.
- Pride of Kansas City, boutique offering gifts representing Kansas and Missouri.
- EB Games, video games and software.
- Wilson's Leather.
- Claire's, fashion and jewelry store.
- Amini's Galleria.
- H and M department store.
- Ann Taylor, apparel for professional women.
- Linens 'n' Things.
- Aeropostale, retailer of casual apparel for young men and women.
- TJ Maxx, largest off-price retailer in the United States.