Ollie Gates begins building another shopping center
Barbecue giant Ollie Gates of Gates Bar-B -Q is beginning phase-three of his plans to bring economic development to the east side of Kansas City, Mo. Gates is building a new 30,000 square foot shopping center on the southeast corner of 47th and Troost.
“What it really means to me is that progress is being made in the area where I had something to do with it,” Gates explained.
The new strip mall is the second strip shopping center built by Gates. The first one is a 15,000 square foot building that opened last fall. At least two businesses are now tenants there.
“Nothing has been rented out; we’re doing this speculating and hoping that the transformation of that area will bring some notable businesses across Troost,” Gates said.