Marshalls, PetSmart slated for Wyandotte Plaza; new Price Chopper to open in mid-July

A new Price Chopper building on the east side of Wyandotte Plaza is almost complete. It will include a Starbucks coffee shop. (Staff photo)

by Mary Rupert

Shoppers can expect some new businesses along with new and remodeled buildings for existing businesses when the 230,000-square-foot Wyandotte Plaza redevelopment is completed at 78th and State Avenue.

A new Price Chopper building on the east side of the shopping center is getting ready to open around July 16, and developers have now completed negotiations with some new tenants, said Dave Claflin, director of marketing for RED Legacy, which is handling the redevelopment project.

Claflin confirmed that PetSmart and Marshalls will open in the spring of 2015, on the shopping center’s west side, in the current Price Chopper grocery store building that will be remodeled.

The new 66,000-square-foot Price Chopper building on the east side is almost finished, and the middle section of the existing Wyandotte Plaza building is also almost completed, according to Claflin. Some businesses already have moved into new quarters in the middle section of the shopping center. Also, the new Advance Auto Parts building is completed.

Once the grocery store moves from the west side of the shopping center to the new building on the east side, the existing grocery store space can then be remodeled for Marshalls and PetSmart.

The new Price Chopper store’s sign now has gone up, noting a Starbucks coffee shop inside the store.

Another new tenant, Lufti’s Fried Fish, will open in August, Claflin said.

Some of the other stores and businesses at Wyandotte Plaza include Advance Auto Parts, MeMa’s Old-Fashioned Bakery, Simply Fashion, Sally Beauty Supply, Glam Tresses, City G.E.A.R., Radio Shack, Papa Murphy’s, Hans Jewelers, Dollar Tree, Sherwin Williams, H&R Block, Easy Home Living, and Advance America.

The Wyandotte Plaza shopping center complex also includes a Burger King restaurant and Payless ShoeSource store. The shopping center is more than 50 years old.

Claflin did not have total final cost figures yet for the redevelopment project. However, construction costs were estimated on Unified Government building permits, before construction started, at $4.89 million for the new Price Chopper building; $3 million for the Wyandotte Plaza renovations; and $767,125 for the new Advanced Auto building.

Wyandotte Plaza is undergoing renovations, and some new tenants have already moved in. (Staff photo)

Wyandotte Plaza at 78th and State is undergoing renovations, and some new tenants have already moved in. (Staff photo)

Registration open for Camp Invention

by Kelly Rogge
Creativity is being inspired during Kansas City Kansas Community College’s week-long summer camp, Camp Invention.
Camp Invention is designed for elementary school students as a way to help them explore, tinker with ideas and be creative. There are two sessions this summer. The first is July 14 to 18 at the KCKCC Main Campus, 7250 State Ave. The second is July 21 to 25 at the KCKCC-Leavenworth Campus. Each session is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and tuition is $199. Discounts are available. Campers need to bring a sack lunch each day.
“Camp Invention is an amazing weeklong summer adventure where students entering grades one through six will brainstorm, tinker, create and invent without limits,” said Kylie Williamson, coordinator of community education for KCKCC. “Camp Invention allows kids to use their imagination while learning scientific principles.”
Camp Invention is a national program that KCKCC has held since 2008. Students who participate will use real tools, circuits and materials from the Inventor Supply Room to build their own original prototypes. They work in teams to rotate among different modules, allowing them to build upon what they learned the previous day. All activities are centered on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts. It is the only nationally-accredited summer enrichment day experience for elementary-aged children and is led by local certified educators. The program was first started in 1990 and since has served more than 1,200 sites in 49 states.
“They will create a personalized motor-powered vehicle and take apart electronics to construct an insect-themed pinball machine,” Williamson said. “I hope children learn new concepts and are inspired by inventors whose inventions have changed the world, all while having a blast building and creating things.”
For more information or to register, call 913-288-7660. Registration can also be completed by going to the KCKCC website, www.kckcc.edu and selecting “Continuing Education.” Select “Continuing Education Schedule” and Personal Growth under Youth Programs.
Information about Camp Invention can be found at campinvention.org.

Wolf to speak at Historical Society meeting June 22

Don Wolf, a Kansas City, Kan., photographer and author who recently wrote the book, “A Croatian Love Story,” will be the guest speaker at the quarterly meeting at 2 p.m. June 22 of the Wyandotte County Historical Society, 631 N. 126th, Bonner Springs.

A lifelong resident of Wyandotte County, Wolf grew up on Strawberry Hill watching newly arrived immigrants from Croatia struggle to build, educate, become citizens in the search for the American dream without forgetting those left at home. His book was released last fall.

The Croatian people of Strawberry Hill educated their people and moved into local politics carving out their position of strength in the Kansas City, Kan., community. Spreading throughout the Greater Kansas City area they continue to preserve and cherish their traditions as they embrace the freedoms of the United States. Wolf’s heritage, culture and his Croatian love story is in this presentation.
Wolf will have copies of his book available for purchase. There will also be light refreshments after the meeting, which starts at 2 p.m.