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A Price Chopper upgrade on Barry Road

Updated: 2013-09-24T20:45:48Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

Two Price Chopper stores now sit at the northeast corner of Barry Road and North Oak Trafficway.

They could be a “before and after” showing the contrast between the 22-year-old store and the brand new location opening next month.

At 77,449 square feet, the new Price Chopper is only about 1,000 square feet larger than the current location. But it will feature so much more that the number of employees will jump from 115 to 180.

Among the new offerings: A Starbucks with lounge area, an artisan bakery, more than 300 different cheeses, an olive bar, a drive-thru pharmacy, an expanded fresh seafood department, and an on-site nutritionist.

The new Price Chopper also will feature a sleek contemporary design with soft lighting, dark gray/white/tan decor with a touch of bright blue here and there, and polished concrete floors.

One eye-catching display will resemble the back-end of a semi-truck and stocked with a “deal you can’t refuse,” according to Price Chopper officials. The truck’s taillights will blink on and off to grab customers’ attention. A “wall of value” next to the truck will feature more deals.

The current Price Chopper will close after business on Sept. 28. The new store, at 500 N.E. Barry Road, will have a grand opening starting at 8 a.m. Oct. 2.

The store is owned by Balls Food Stores Inc. in Kansas City, Kan. The company has 28 area grocery stores, including 17 Price Choppers and 11 Hen House Markets.

A twin location

KC Lodge Ventures, the franchisees behind the new Olathe Twin Peaks restaurant and bar, will bring the concept to Independence.

In late August, the company completed the purchase of the former Romano’s Macaroni Grill building at 19821 E. Jackson Drive. The 6,500-square-foot freestanding building, in front of The Pavilion at Hartman Heritage shopping center, will undergo a major remodeling before a scheduled reopening as Twin Peaks in early February 2014.

Twin Peaks is known for its lodge-like setting, numerous TVs, 29-degree draft beer, and the Twin Peak servers — women who wear skin-baring plaid tie-tops and khaki shorts, along with Ugg-style boots.

But Twin Peaks said it doesn’t rely on theme alone. The menu includes about 30 American classics prepared from scratch — such as the towering barbecue pulled pork nachos that take workers about 6 minutes just to stack, and the “Well Built Sandwiches” such as the Hangover Burger with fried egg and bacon. Entrees — dubbed the Smokin’ Hot Dishes — include chicken fried steak.

KC Lodge Ventures plans to open one more area location, possibly in Lee’s Summit or Liberty. The partners behind the company also have the rights for five more Twin Peaks in the St. Louis area and one in Springfield, Mo.

•  Half Price Books has opened an 8,000-square-foot store in The Pavilion at Hartman Heritage, 20000 E. Jackson Drive. The stores buy and sell new and used books, magazines, comics, records, CDs, DVDs, and collectible items, including first edition books and yearbooks.

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

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