?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby DaveKCMO » Tue May 22, 2007 8:42 pm

i guess people are eating carbs again.

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby TheBigChuckbowski » Tue May 22, 2007 8:49 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:i guess people are eating carbs again.


whole wheat carbs
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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby eclair » Tue May 22, 2007 11:24 pm

elextendo wrote:I have all of our bread shipped in from philly..maybe bagels from ny?

Do it!!! please please please.

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby loftguy » Wed May 30, 2007 3:47 pm

eclair wrote:Do it!!! please please please.


Love it when you talk like that Eclair....Big Chuck, thanks for the heads up on Panera at CC.  I've been going to Westport when I need a bagel fix.

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby KCPowercat » Wed May 30, 2007 5:36 pm

I was reading somebody's blog about a recent visit to KC and it touched on retail downtown KC....and he put something out there that I never really thought of but makes a lot of sense when talking retail downtown:

http://nycweboy.typepad.com/my_weblog/2 ... y_her.html

but a lack of attention to basic things, like the fact that without affordable housing, it's hard to have critical mass of population needed to make a downtown hub thrive.


Makes a lot of sense....visiting other cities downtown's I see how things like a Wendy's or CVS aren't frequented as much by "yuppies" and businesspeople as the normal middle income residents that live close by.

While KC is getting a lot of new residents downtown, but a lot of them being upperwardly mobile still drive to grocery stores, etc....they don't require a lot of basic things right out there door (although we'd love to have them)

Just a thought I had and didn't have anywhere to really put it....


as for the topic....I really can't think of much we are really lacking...what needs to happen now is more variety and longer hours.
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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby shinatoo » Wed May 30, 2007 5:55 pm

Auto Mechanic
Gas Station
Car Wash
Car Dealership
Detail Shop
Tire Shop
More Parking
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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby KCPowercat » Wed May 30, 2007 5:57 pm

I did think of one...

QT without the gas pumps.

Whoever mentioned an officedepot....also good idea.
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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby K.C.Highrise » Wed May 30, 2007 8:51 pm

Beer delivery service.

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby voltopt » Thu May 31, 2007 2:13 am

hot dogs
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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby warwickland » Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:29 pm

KCPowercat wrote:I did think of one...

QT without the gas pumps.

Whoever mentioned an officedepot....also good idea.


an approximation of what you have mentioned is available in the art slums along warwick. it is and was ALL offic e supply runs and QT hot dogs and guinness when berbiglia closed.

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby FangKC » Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:39 am

What downtown needs more than anything is a inexpensive 24-hour diner with a large enough menu where one can eat several times a week and isn't eating the same things over and over. 

A place:

where they actually prepare the dishes themselves and not reheat them from frozen prepacked stuff shipped in from the franchise headquarters which dictates a preprogrammed menu.

that has different items on the menu every day. Soups, salads, chili, stew, sandwiches, platters that change for variety.

a place that has six of seven different vegetable side order choices with any entree.

with counter seating, tables, and booths that is large enough where one can sit and drink coffee with friends.

where one can get breakfast at any hour of the day, and serves plain old coffee that is inexpensive.

The place needs to be located within walking distance of most of the inside loop neighborhoods, and have some parking available.

At this point, I'd be happy with an International House of Pancakes or a Country Kitchen.

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby eclair » Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:07 am

FangKC wrote:A place:

where they actually prepare the dishes themselves and not reheat them from frozen prepacked stuff shipped in from the franchise headquarters which dictates a preprogrammed menu.


FangKC wrote:At this point, I'd be happy with an International House of Pancakes or a Country Kitchen.



hmmm- I think these two statements are paradoxical...

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby advocrat » Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:49 pm

I'd like to see an Ace/True Value just east of City Market.

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby DaveKCMO » Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:39 pm

FangKC wrote:What downtown needs more than anything is a inexpensive 24-hour diner with a large enough menu where one can eat several times a week and isn't eating the same things over and over. 

A place:

where they actually prepare the dishes themselves and not reheat them from frozen prepacked stuff shipped in from the franchise headquarters which dictates a preprogrammed menu.

that has different items on the menu every day. Soups, salads, chili, stew, sandwiches, platters that change for variety.

a place that has six of seven different vegetable side order choices with any entree.

with counter seating, tables, and booths that is large enough where one can sit and drink coffee with friends.

where one can get breakfast at any hour of the day, and serves plain old coffee that is inexpensive.

The place needs to be located within walking distance of most of the inside loop neighborhoods, and have some parking available.

At this point, I'd be happy with an International House of Pancakes or a Country Kitchen.




there's quaint little place called denny's that i'd like to show you...  :)

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby chrizow » Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:44 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:there's quaint little place called denny's that i'd like to show you...   :)


denny's isn't open 24 hours!  :shock:

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby FangKC » Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:26 pm

At Denny's, everything appears to come with fries.  If you order just fries, they ask if you'd like fries with that.

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby trailerkid » Mon Jun 11, 2007 6:55 pm

FangKC wrote:What downtown needs more than anything is a inexpensive 24-hour diner with a large enough menu where one can eat several times a week and isn't eating the same things over and over. 

A place:

where they actually prepare the dishes themselves and not reheat them from frozen prepacked stuff shipped in from the franchise headquarters which dictates a preprogrammed menu.

that has different items on the menu every day. Soups, salads, chili, stew, sandwiches, platters that change for variety.

a place that has six of seven different vegetable side order choices with any entree.

with counter seating, tables, and booths that is large enough where one can sit and drink coffee with friends.

where one can get breakfast at any hour of the day, and serves plain old coffee that is inexpensive.

The place needs to be located within walking distance of most of the inside loop neighborhoods, and have some parking available.

At this point, I'd be happy with an International House of Pancakes or a Country Kitchen.




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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby heatherkay » Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:15 pm

ComandanteCero wrote:authentic bagels would be a score for the entire metro...... good lord that would be awesome.  You can't find good bagels in KC.


The more bagels the better.  Have you tried Jersey Shore on Johnson Drive.  They are far and away the best bagels I've had in town.

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby thesnowman21 » Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:50 am

I moved over from the UK a year ago and was completely surprised at there not being a shopping center downtown. Everywhere in Europe has a shopping center downtown. I think they should turn East Village into an outdoor shopping center complete with all the regular chains that you would expect. Now that the entertainment is coming in the shape of the power and light district the final piece of the puzzle is some shopping. It would get people from all over KC coming into downtown. Just don't make it to upmarket like the plaza, but just your regular express, target, macys, old navy etc.

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Re: ?What New Retail Does Downtown Need?

Postby KCTigerFan » Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:51 am

Jersey Shore bagels are the best in KC, agreed.  I would love to see them open a Brookside/Waldo location and a DT spot. 

heatherkay wrote:The more bagels the better.  Have you tried Jersey Shore on Johnson Drive.  They are far and away the best bagels I've had in town.


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