Archive for Thursday, November 10, 2005

Restaurants, retailers add to mix of entertainment

November 10, 2005

The dining options for visitors to the Village West tourism and entertainment district in Wyandotte County keep expanding and, later this week, so will the shopping selections.

Hooters, a 4,050 square foot restaurant at 1712 Village West Pkwy, hosted a grand opening Oct. 31. The restaurant has been packed with customers since it opened, county officials said. Dave and Buster's 1843 Village West Parkway, a 56,000-square-foot restaurant and entertainment venue, opened its doors Wednesday.

Dave and Buster's is among the first tenants to open in the Legends at Village West shopping center -- a 700,000-square-foot area with a plaza-like design. It's far from the last.

Twelve shopping center businesses officially will open Friday: Tommy Hilfiger, Planet Sub, Wydlewood Cellars Winery, Sports Nutz, Linen's 'N Things, Aeropostale, Pacific Sunwear, Hot Topic, Finish Line, Pride of Kansas City, Sunglass Hut and Claire's.

EB Games and Scooter's Coffeehouse will open later this month.

By the end of November, 31 tenants will be open.

RED Development is the owner and operator of the Legends shopping center. Company officials recently announced that 15 more tenants have either signed leases or are in the midst of final negotiations to lease retail space.

Those new businesses include: Pin Up Bowl, BCBG Max Azria, Gimme Some Fresh Asian Grill, Cingular Wireless, OshKosh, Clarks, Converse, Timberland, The Curtain Exchange, Home Decorators Collection, Carter's, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Zales.

Overall, the Legends shopping center encompasses approximately 100 acres and will include 110 to 120 total businesses. Estimates indicate the shopping area will create 2,500 new jobs and generate more than $200 million in annual sales.

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