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New Overland Park Wendy’s features chain’s new design

Updated: 2013-09-18T04:10:36Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

Customers of the new Overland Park Wendy’s will be able to curl up with a burger in front of its fireplace this winter. Or set up their laptop in a sunlit Wi-Fi bar overlooking Metcalf Avenue.

These are just some of the perks at the new restaurant with drive-thru scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 9161 Metcalf Ave.

Wendy’s new prototype design is more fast-casual than fast food. The dining room has cozy booths, tables and lounge-like seating areas, along with a television. There’s also a self-serve Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain drink dispenser.

But the new building design is just part of Wendy’s overall brand transformation, which includes a new logo, crew uniforms, menu boards and packaging.

The restaurant is operated by NPC Quality Burgers Inc., which recently became a Wendy’s franchisee by purchasing 35 Wendy’s restaurants in Kansas and Missouri. NPC Quality Burgers is a wholly owned subsidiary of NPC International Inc., which is one of world’s largest Pizza Hut franchisees and currently operates 1,245 Pizza Hut restaurants in 28 states.

The Wendy’s is in a new yet-to-be-named center at 91st Street and Metcalf Avenue. It will have a 16,000-square-foot retail building that could hold four to five tenants. Noodles & Co. has dropped its plans to open a free-standing restaurant in the center.

New in The Village

The Village shopping center in Prairie Village continues to evolve.

•  Construction has started on a new building on the former Waid’s restaurant site.

Starbucks will relocate from a nearby location in the center to the new building, taking 2,400 square feet for a shop with a drive-thru. A late March 2014 opening is planned.

The new building has an additional 3,700 square feet available for one or two additional tenants.

•  Einstein Bros. Bagels has signed a lease to return to the center, according to the Lane4 Property Group, leasing agents for the Village. Einstein will take two spaces currently holding Starbucks and Dolce Bakery. Einstein plans a mid-2014 opening in the 2,500-square-foot combined space.

•  Dolce Bakery had previously announced plans to relocate to a larger space at 3930 W. 69th Terr. in mid-October. Dolce will continue to operate in its current space at 6974 Mission Road through Sept. 29. It recently re-branded, changing its name from Dolce Baking Co. to Dolce Bakery.

•  Minsky’s Pizza Cafe & Bar, which has been in the shopping center since the mid-1980s and at its current site for about 14 years, has signed a new 10-year lease. The locally owned chain has finished a three-month long remodeling project at its Prairie Village location that included a new bar, new booths, new bathrooms and new artwork.

Quick bites

•  Smallcakes A Cupcakery has opened in Mission Farms, 10573 Mission Road. Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott had formerly occupied the space before relocating to the Country Club Plaza.

Smallcakes bakes and frosts a variety of signature cupcakes, all-made-from-scratch daily. Flavors include caramel crunch, hot fudge sundae, lemon drop, pink chocolate, and peanut butter cup, along with seasonal choices. The shops also sell coffee and other drinks.

•  H&M is scheduled to open at noon Thursday in Oak Park Mall, at 11149 W. 95th St. in Overland Park.

The 26,000-square-foot store — the company’s first in Kansas — will sell contemporary clothing for women, men and children. Items will include accessories, lingerie, sports apparel, and maternity wear.

•  Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is scheduled to open at 7:30 a.m. today at 4701 Mission Road, Westwood.

The company’s neighborhood markets are about one-quarter the size of a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

The 35,000-square-foot store — which will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week — will offer fresh produce, fresh-baked breads, a self-service deli, health and beauty aids, pet products, cleaning products, hardware, and stationery, and much more.

The store also is tailored a bit to the community by offering local favorites like Louisburg Cider Mill’s cider and Roma Bakery’s bread.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/joycekc and on Facebook.

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