In 2015, Overland Park welcomed two first-to-market retail stores that had consumers buzzing with anticipation. SCHEELS, a 220,000-square-foot sporting goods store opened in Corbin Park and became an instant attraction with unparalleled retail options as well as a Ferris wheel and aquarium. The opening of The Container Store capped off the redevelopment of Hawthorne Plaza at 119th Street and Roe Avenue. Retail comprises 11 percent of business activity in Overland Park, which has nearly 18 million square feet of retail space. Overland Park boasts hundreds of locally owned shops as well as nationally recognized retailers and department stores. Retail sales have grown by nearly 23 percent to $4.7 billion in the last five years alone. Of the $12.6 billion in total retail sales in Johnson County in 2014, Overland Park was responsible for 37.5%.
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In 2014, Overland Park collected the second most sales tax revenue in the state, with almost $226 million.
Much of the city’s retail development can be found along Metcalf Avenue, the city’s historic main artery running north and south, and along the east-west corridors of 95th, 119th, 135th and 151st streets. Committed to reinvigorating the Metcalf corridor, the City of Overland Park adopted Vision Metcalf, a long-range plan that encourages mixed-use development, integrated open and green space, and a balanced transportation system that embraces pedestrian usage and sustainability measures.
Downtown Overland Park blends the traditions of a Main Street setting with the more contemporary vibe of one-of-a-kind local shops, art galleries, restaurants, services, events, and one of the city’s most popular Farmers’ Market. Century-old buildings stand next to sleek new buildings. Several mixed-use development projects are in the works that will bring multi-family units with ground-floor retail space, promising to increase the activity and vibrant atmosphere of the city’s heart.
Overland Park has numerous indoor and outdoor shopping centers. At 1.5 million square feet, Oak Park Mall is the largest enclosed mall in both the Kansas City metro area and the entire state of Kansas. Nordstrom, American Girl, LEGO and Microsoft are among its 200 stores and restaurants. Other open-air centers, such as Hawthorne Plaza, Rosana Square and the Shoppes at Deer Creek Woods, offer upscale stores and dining.
The new hot spot for retail in Overland Park is 135th Street where the city’s most active retail developments, Prairiefire and Corbin Park, sit side by side between Metcalf Avenue and Nall Avenue. Prairiefire is a 58-acre mixed-used project that integrates residential, office, retail and entertainment. Phase II of the development promises even more exciting retail options, including an Urban Outfitters. Corbin Park is a 1.1 million-square-foot retail village with Tuscan-inspired architecture and tree-lined courtyards. Its anchor stores include Von Maur, JC Penney and SCHEELS, the state’s largest selection of sporting goods.