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Unread 09-21-2010, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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Default Where in KC would be the best locations for this type of retail expansion?

Wal-Mart to aggressively roll out smaller stores - Yahoo! Finance (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/WalMart-to-aggressively-roll-apf-63555426.html?x=0 - broken link)

I think somewhere in Waldo would make the most sense, like in that big strip mall on 75th and Wornall. Not sure where another good location would be where this type of land is already available. I know Brookside would not allow them to build there, the small businesses are pretty strong there and would probably fight it.

I think somewhere on SW Blvd would be another good location, there are some fairly large and empty buildings along the BLVD
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Unread 09-21-2010, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Volker, Kansas City, MO
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It's about time. This is why Chicago fought against letting them in the city a number of years ago.

Target rethought their building concept -- made them multiple stories, included underground parking garages, etc. Wal-Mart refused. They time and again continued to push the same giant store with a giant parking lot in front of it -- a concept that might work fine in Olathe or Bentonville, but is moronic, short-sighted and ugly in an urban area.
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Unread 09-22-2010, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I think the area around Linwood could benefit from Wal-Mart/ any retail. They've shown that Costco and Home Depot can be hugely successful, but the people in the neighborhood need a way to buy reasonably priced products without driving 15 min.
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Unread 09-22-2010, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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O, and maybe NKC, there is relatively no big box retail in NKC, I would guess on purpose, but the closest Target is on Chateau and the closest Wal-Mart is near 152.
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Unread 09-23-2010, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Volker, Kansas City, MO
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Honestly, I bet one in Westport would do very well -- a lot of people work in the Plaza area and complain about SunFresh.
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Unread 09-23-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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I would second NKC. Then maybe midtown somplace, but east of Main, not in the heart of Westport so it would serve the east side as well (like midtown marketplace does).
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Unread 09-23-2010, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Volker, Kansas City, MO
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Being on the MAX line wuld be a clear benefit of Main as well.
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