Archive for Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Nebraska Furniture Mart breaks ground

December 5, 2001

Sell cheap and tell the truth.

Area shoppers will be relieved to know that motto was coined by the management of the new Nebraska Furniture Mart, which plans to build a new store in the Tourism District.

"We are trying to build a store that is very easy and very fun to shop," said Jeff Lind, director of the Nebraska Furniture Mart Kansas City store, at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The furniture store will construct a building across from the Kansas Speedway at Interstates 70 and 435.

The new store is expected to provide an economic boost to the surrounding area by providing 475 new jobs as well as significant sales tax revenue, company officials said.

Several state and local politicians were on hand during the ceremony including Kansas Gov. Bill Graves, Kansas Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer and Mayor/CEO Carol Marinovich, of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City Kansas.

Graves said he was excited to be a part of the store's opening.

He termed the development an "outstanding initiative" for Wyandotte County as well as the state of Kansas.

Sherrer, along with Marinovich and other Wyandotte County officials, was involved in bringing the store as well as the Kansas Speedway to the area.

He said expectations for the new track as well as the tourism area were being met.

"It has exceeded in every single category," Sherrer said.

The store will reside on approximately 80 acres and the store itself will encompass more than 700,000 square feet of retail and distribution facilities.

The store will sell more than 160,000 products and will have merchandise in stock and ready for pick up or delivery.

"Our new store will be like no other shopping experience," said Bob Batt, Nebraska Furniture Mart executive vice president. "Visitors will experience a swirl of activity and will browse an incredible selection of merchandise."

The Kansas City Nebraska Furniture Mart store is the first full-retail store in the company's chain to locate outside of Omaha, Neb.

The store will carry all four major product lines including furniture, flooring, electronics and appliances.

Construction of the store is scheduled to take 18 months with a projected opening sometime in 2003.

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