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'The Right Mix'
New owner, Highwoods Properties, assures the neighborhood groups that the Brookside Shopping Center will not change..
'Totally Different' Shopping
May 13, 2006
Article about another shopping mall in Johnson County. Developers say that Park Place, at 117th and Nall in Leawood, will be a "mixed-use" shopping center with residential, entertainment, and shopping....
A Century of Growth in Retail: Retail Evolves from Downtown to Suburban Centers
Retrospective article detailing the history of retail in Kansas City.
A Colorful Shop Building: First Structure Completed in Country Club Plaza Development Is Brightened by American Adaptation of Spanish Motif
Photos and article about "the first building to be completed in the very ambitious Country Club Plaza business development outlined in that general vicinity by the J. C. Nichols Company." Designed in "Spanish...
A Toy Store's Story: Brookside Toy and Science a Fixture For Many
December 5, 2007
Article that features the Brookside Toy and Science store located in the Brookside area at 330 W. 63rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri. The store is owned by Mary Jo and Jim Ward with Jim's mother buying...
Agency Backs Razing of Mall
October 14, 2004
Article discusses the plan to demolish the "outmoded Blue Ridge Mall and replace it with 600,000 square feet of new retail development, including a Wal-Mart." The plan is supported by the Kansas City Tax...
Banker Morgan's Legacy Still Touches Lives and Shapes a City
May 11-17, 2007
Frank Morgan died in 1993 and was very influential in the development of the Kansas City metro area. He "had a hand in the construction of Town Pavilion, One Kansas City Place and 12 Wyandotte Plaza, among...
Bannister Mall Slides into History
June 1, 2007
Bannister Mall, once a premier Kansas City shopping destination in the 1980s and 1990s, finally shut down May 31, 2007. The site's future is unknown.
Bannister Mall To Close May 31
April 21, 2007
After 27 years in operation, Bannister Mall is set to close its doors on May 31, 2007. The article reports on development ideas for the Bannister site, including razing the mall structure and building...
Bannister Mall's Costly Lesson
September 5, 2010
Article cites Bannister Mall as an example of the Kansas City area's failure to practice sustainable development. Suburban sprawl will cost the area large sums to build new infrastructure, according to...
Bannister Mall's Last Anchor, Sears, Closing By Early April
January 17, 2006
The Sears store has been a part of Bannister Mall for 25 years, but is now scheduled to close in early April, 2006. Bannister Mall is located at 5600 E. Bannister Road, has 1.2 million-square-foot of space,...
Bannister Plan Sees a Victory
April 14, 2011
A new plan for the reuse of the former Bannister Mall site at Interstate 435 and Bannister Road by Trails Properties II was unanimously endorsed by the Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission. The...
Birthplace of Legends
November 5, 2005
The Legends shopping center at Village West is a first for Wyandotte County. It will bring nearly 100 new shopping and entertainment sites and could create aas many as 2,500 jobs. Besides the benefits...
Blight Crawlers: Bannister Mall Developers Feed on the Bottom
Article about Bannister Mall and attempts to attract developers.
Brookside Fixture Closes Its Doors
June 29, 2006
The Dime Store located in Brookside has apparently closed for good. Located at 314 W. 63rd Street, it was owned by Bob Arfsten. After his death in 2002, his niece attempted to keep it open with new merchandise...
Brookside's Future in Question
Article about the disappearance of small businesses in the Brookside shopping community, damaging the economy of the business and residential district.
Brywood Update, Expansion Planned
April 12, 2008
Tri-Land Properties, Inc., owners of the Brywood Shopping Center on East 63rd Street, "is asking for $8.6 million in tax incentives, including regular TIF, Super TIF and the establishment of a community...
Business Leader Miller Nichols Dies at 89
Photo and obituary article about Miller Nichols (1911-2000), "former chairman of the J. C. Nichols Co. and one of the most influential businessmen in Kansas City," dying at the age of 89 "at his home in...
CBL Confirms Plans to Buy Oak Park Mall
October 18, 2005
A Tennessee based company called CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., is buying the Oak Park Mall located at 95th Street and Quivira Road in Johnson County, Kansas. The Mall opened in the mid-1970s, was...
Center In Line For a New Look
July 20, 2007
Oak Park Mall is planning $54 million in renovations and has presented plans for a three-phase project. Part of this money will be spent to renovate entrances, the food court, and center court along with...
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