Wornall Village Shopping Center at 85th and Wornall is undergoing much needed updating and remodeling. Photo by Bill Rankin.

What’s to Come in 2021: An update on Shopping Centers in south KC

One gets remodeled, one get new tenants, and the other get constructed.

By Kathy Feist

South Kansas City is seeing economic growth even during the pandemic. We continue our series on new development in the area for 2021. (See Apartment Complexes and Industrial Parks for previous stories.)

Shopping Centers

Wornall Village Shopping Center

Tutera Group is investing $5 million for improvements to the shopping center located on the northwest corner of 85th and Wornall. New exterior walls, stone-wrapped columns and drainage have been added. The retail shops  are being stripped to their shell for interior work, according to Greg Hoefer, Executive Vice President of Tutera Group. Anchor tenant Price Chopper will soon begin its $2 million expansion to the south side of the shopping strip (an exact date could not be obtained) for a drive-thru pharmacy, and north into a vacant shop to make more room for its liquor department.  A one-way drive will be added to the back of the property, providing easier access for delivery trucks. 

Ward Parkway Center will soon have Hawaiian Bros in its outdoor restaurant pavilion. Photo by Bill Rankin

Ward Parkway Center 

The shopping center at 8900 Ward Parkway will add locally franchised Hawaiian Bros. Island Grill to the outdoor food court. Carbon Health Clinics out of San Francisco plans to move into a remodeled space near Trader Joe’s. 


The new retail space at 131st and Holmes Rd is seeking rezoning. Photo by Rick Ramsey

Martin City Retail/Office Space 

The property west of Martin City Coffee at 131st and Holmes has been purchased by Rick Ramsey, owner of the coffee shop and Ramsey’s Burgers. Ramsey, owner of Affordable Plumbing & Sewer, plans to build a retail/officer center at the site. The estimated $2-3 million property will allow for 10 tenants, which will include a new and larger Martin City Coffee and Bakery. The property, currently zoned for residential, is in its initial phase of getting approval for commercial rezoning. If all goes well,  construction will begin this summer.  

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