Archive for Thursday, December 15, 2005

Target, JC Penney stores planned for Village West development

December 15, 2005

The battlefield of that national retail war -- Wal-Mart vs. Target -- will soon extend to a county near you.

Late last week, Unified Government of Wyandotte County announced that county officials, along with officials from RED Development, were negotiating deals with executives from Target and JC Penney. Deals under consideration would bring both stores to the Village West tourism and entertainment district in western Wyandotte County.

RED Development is one of the primary developers of the Village West area.

Should Target build at Village West, it would give local consumers another option to the Wal-Mart store in Bonner Springs.

While contract negotiations are still ongoing, officials on both sides were optimistic the new stores would be under construction by early 2006 and would be ready to open for next Christmas' shopping season.

In Unified Government's announcement of the new stores, Mayor Joe Reardon said the additions to Village West would help keep local dollars at home.

"These two stores will offer Wyandotte County residents a welcomed and long-awaited retail shopping experience," Reardon said. "The new Target and JC Penney stores will serve the everyday shopping needs of our citizens and are a major step toward keeping sales tax dollars here in Wyandotte County."

This week, the Wyandotte County Planning Commission approved plans for the new stores. The planning board's approval gives the developments the green light to move forward, county officials said.

The new stores will total more than 240,000 square feet of retail shopping. The Target store will encompass about 128,000 square feet, while JC Penney will total about 97,000 square feet. The stores will be built at the southwest corner of Parallel and Village West parkways.

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