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Additional businesses heading to Village West shopping center

January 19, 2006

The tenant list for a growing shopping district in western Wyandotte County keeps expanding.

Seven more businesses recently finalized deals to join the Legends of Village West shopping center, a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., development said this week.

Those seven were added to nine new tenants announced last week for the 750,000-square-foot outdoor shopping area. One of the nine will be making its debut in the United States.

"The Legends will truly be a unique destination not only because of the architecture, landscaping and legendary Kansans theme, but because nearly half of the stores and restaurants will be new to Kansas or the Kansas City area," said Amy Kraft, marketing director for the shopping area. "We are taking concepts that are tourist attractions around the country and bringing them home."

The newest businesses are Books-A-Million, Claddagh Irish Pub, American Eagle Outfitters, Clarks, The Curtain Exchange, Home Decorators Collection and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

New tenants announced last week were:

  • ash House a Go Go: Serves breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. The Kansas City location will be the restaurant's first in the Midwest; other restaurants are located in San Diego and Las Vegas. According to its Web site,, a critic from the New York Times said of Hash House a Go Go: "Big Food is back in. One would be hard pressed to come up with a more gastronomic creation."
  • Margarita Mama's: Offers a casual dining experience; a menu that specializes in "American flavored Tex-Mex." Open for lunch and dinner. After 10 p.m., the restaurant offers two adjoining venues, Banana Joe's Island Party and the Velvet Room, both of which are dance clubs.
  • Harry and David: Specialty retailer and producer of premium gifts of fruit and gourmet foods. Most famous products include the Royal Riveria pears, the Tower of Treats, Harry and David Truffles and Moose Munch, all of which are grown or produced at the company's orchard and factory in Medford, Ore. Has more than 130 stores nationwide.
  • Cantina #1: Features a diverse variety of authentic foods from Mexico developed with help from Grupo Modelo Beers, which owns Corona. The KCK location will be the restaurant's first in the U.S.
  • Panera Bread: Boasts that it "bakes more bread each day than any bakery-cafe concept in the country." Serves made-to-order sandwiches as well as salads and soups served in bread bowls.
  • Estee Lauder: Founded in 1946, the company employs more than 20,000 employees and sells its products in department stores across the world in addition to its chain of retail outlets.
  • The Buckle: a retailer of medium-to-higher priced casual apparel, footwear and accessories for young men and women. The company operates more than 300 stores in 38 states.
  • ULTRA Diamonds: Seventh-largest specialty retailer of jewelry in the United States, operating 131 stores in 30 states. Motto is its customers should "never pay retail." KCK store will be the company's first in Kansas.
  • Culver's: Serves fresh food in a clean, quick service family atmosphere.

Also in negotiations are businesses such as Ann Taylor, OshKosh, Converse, Timberland and Zales.

Legends will host a grand opening event on April 22.

Kraft also confirmed that two other Legends tenants, Target and JC Penney, will open stores in October. The stores will be constructed at the southwest corner of Parallel and Village West parkways.

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