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Basehor developers to build grocery

Supermarket could open in August, officials say

November 1, 2006

For more than two years, Ed McIntosh and John Bell of Basehor's Benchmark Management have worked to attract a grocery store to their development.

And on Monday, the duo announced their work is paying off.

McIntosh and Bell plan to team up with Affiliated Foods Midwest to build and own a supermarket in Wolf Creek Junction development, also owned by Benchmark. The development is at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 24-40 and 155th Street.

Basehor residents have been forced to shop for groceries away from their hometown since Dec. 15, 2001, when Bichelmeyer Brothers grocery was damaged by fire and did not reopen.

McIntosh and Bell hope that a new grocery will open in about 10 months.

And on Monday, the two developers made the news official, during a gathering at Basehor City Hall.

"We're here to announce a major retail development for our city," Mayor Chris Garcia said. "Citizens have been asking when a business like this was going to be in Basehor again. This development is not only a service for our citizens, but it will create local jobs and bring in tax revenue."

The 50,000-square-foot supermarket is expected to employ 75 to 100 people. The developer-owners hop construction on the $7 million project will begin at the end of February, and opening day is set for the end of summer 2007.

"The target date for opening is August 1, but we're going to need some weather cooperation to achieve that goal," McIntosh said.

McIntosh said they have been trying to entice a grocery store to Wolf Creek Junction for more than two years. The pair took matters into their own hands about eight months ago and started planning for their own business. After many inquiries about a grocery store from the public and several demographic studies showing that the area was ready for a grocery, McIntosh said they decided it was time to make the announcement.

"It's been our vision to provide this community with a grocery store that is second to none," McIntosh said.

The store, Wolf Creek Marketplace, will feature a pharmacy, deli with cafeteria area, bakery, ethnic foods section, a full line of natural and organic foods, a full-service meat department, floral department and fresh produce.

Affiliated Foods Midwest, based in Norfolk, Neb., will be the supplier for the new store. The company has more than 900 stores in 12 states in the Midwest, including about 100 in Kansas and Missouri.

"We are very excited to be here working with these gentlemen to bring this type of store to this community," said Rick York, retail supervisor for Affiliated Foods Midwest.

McIntosh said he also hopes the store will act as an anchor within Wolf Creek Junction to attract other businesses to Basehor.

"We're really excited about getting it open and we're counting on community support to make it work," McIntosh said.

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