UG moves forward with downtown KCK grocery store

Rendering of the Merc co op in Kansas City, Kansas

As seen in the Kansas City Business Journal, by Miranda Davis (March 14th, 2019).

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., is one step close to a downtown grocery store.

Earlier this week, the Planning Commission approved design plans for the store, which will be owned and built by the Unified Government. It will go to the Board of Commissioners for a vote on March 28.

Located at Fifth Street and Minnesota Avenue, the grocery store will be operated by The Merc, a Lawrence-based community grocery store.

Katherine Carttar, the Unified Government’s director of economic development, told the Kansas City Business Journal that when the designs were presented at community listening sessions, clear trends emerged. Many liked the third design but wanted to incorporate some elements and colors from the other designs.

Although the Planning Commission approved preliminary designs, Carttar said the project architect will continue to tweak the exterior facade, based on the community feedback. Plans for the 14,000-square-foot store include a café seating area, a classroom, a deli counter, salad bar, meat counter and prepared food offerings.

To see the full article find it on the Kansas City Business Journal here