November 28, 2015

Great Mall to close mid-to-late fall 2015

The Great Mall of the Great Plains will close later this year. Developers of the property announced the closure in a Feb. 16 press release. The 786,000 square-foot mall opened in 1997. At one point, it was home to more than 100 retail shops. “The decision to close was difficult, but one that was guided Continue Reading

Olathe Medical Center announces large expansion

Olathe Medical Center announced the largest expansion in its history last week. According to medical center officials, the expansion will create 200 new jobs in the area. The 250-acre center announced four construction projects worth more than $100 million. The four projects include a new, four-story obstetrics wing with a neonatal intensive care unit, a Continue Reading

Warehouse to expand its footprint in Edgerton

NorthPoint Development announces that Smart Warehousing is expanding its facility at Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) by 220,000 square feet. Occupying the balance of Inland Port IV brings Smart Warehousing’s total footprint to nearly 575,000 square feet at LPKC, which is a master-planned distribution and warehouse development in Edgerton. “We are excited to increase our Continue Reading

Out and about in Gardner

Jason Camis, president, Southwest Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Morrow, Gardner mayor, attended the chamber’s ribbon cutting ceremony at R&K Downtown Café and Betty Lou’s Sweet Shop. R & K is located at 108 S Elm.

LPKC developer expands

Northpoint Development, the master developer for the Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC), is expanding nationwide. In addition to finding tenants for properties in Edgerton, the company announced last week that it had purchased land near Fort Wayne, Ind. The development company purchased 40 acres in Indiana with options to buy another 84 acres nearby, according Continue Reading

Black Friday draws fewer shoppers, survey finds

Fewer holiday shoppers visited stores and online retailers during Black Friday, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). The NRF anticipated dips in Cyber Monday sales as well. The organization estimated that approximately 55.1 percent of holiday shoppers visited brick-and-mortar and virtual stores over Thanksgiving weekend. During the same time frame in 2013, 58.7 percent Continue Reading

Warehouse boom continuing

Ever since the Logisitics Park Kansas City and the Edgerton intermodal opened in late September 2013, there has been ongoing construction work on massive new warehouses. The latest warehouse building going up is on the southeast corner of Waverly Road and 191st Street. Large pre-stressed concrete wall sections started being erected last week. This will Continue Reading

Best of Gardner Reader’s Choice Awards

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Best of Gardner Reader’s Choice Awards as selected by readers of The Gardner News. We had a great response to this special section receiving hundreds of ballots from readers selecting their favorite business, person, place or service in town. This section will include the top three finishers in each category, Continue Reading

Asphalt plant withdraws permit request

Bettis Asphalt and Construction has withdrawn a request for a conditional use permit to build and operate a temporary plant at the rock quarry near Edgerton. Johnson County commissioners were scheduled to consider granting the permit today, Oct. 22, during a commission meeting.  The meeting can be viewed live online.  The meeting begins at 9:30 Continue Reading

Around Town

QUESTION: Land just south of Gas City Convenience Store on Gardner Road recently sold at auction. Who purchased it? ANSWER: Olathe Medical Center, Inc., purchased the 5.69 acre-plot. Stephanie Manning, a spokesperson for Olathe Health Systems, said officials have not yet determined how or if they will develop the property located at 18895 Gardner Road.