Drive-through grocery coming to Olathe in April

03/18/2014 9:54 PM

03/18/2014 9:54 PM

Soon area consumers will be able to pick up their groceries almost as easily as they pick up their favorite fast food meal.

Zoomin Market, a drive-through grocery store, plans to open its first store in April. Customers will place and pay for their orders online. Then they will drive to the store at 12203 S. Strang Line Road in Olathe and park under a covered drive-through lane while Zoomin employees load up their groceries.

It plans a soft opening on April 7 and a grand opening on April 27.

Zoomin Market will carry many standard grocery items — meat and fish, prepared foods, pet care, cereal, canned goods, baking items, seasonings and spices, pasta, frozen baked goods, fruit and vegetables, bottled water and soft drinks, condiments and salad dressings, snacks, and baby food and diapers.

It also will carry several local brands including coffee from the Broadway Roasting Co. and special pork and sausage orders from The Local Pig’s wholesale plant.

Customers will be able to shop online several ways — by lists, so clicking on milk will show them the different sizes, brands and types available; by aisles such as meat or frozen foods; or they can search by specific brands and products such as Lucky Charms cereal.

There is no additional fee for the service and the market will not allow tipping. Still, the owners say their prices will be the same or lower than many other area supermarkets.

“Our operation is cheaper to run,” said Matt Rider, president and co-founder of the Olathe-based company. “We don’t have cashiers because you are checking out online. We don’t have to dress up the inside of the store, it’s a warehouse stockroom. And we don’t have the insurance costs of a walk-in retail establishment.”

Zoomin Market is located in the former Gambucci’s location. Gambucci’s closed in mid-2004 when parent company Tippin’s Restaurants Inc. shuttered its restaurants as part of a bankruptcy reorganization.

In late 2012, BYB Investments LLC signed a contract to purchase the 10,318-square-foot building. They’ve since gutted it and expanded by about 4,000 square feet. The partnership also changed a bit and the store is now owned by Zoomin Market LLC.

The owners are currently looking at sites in Johnson County for another location and they hope to open a third Zoomin on the Missouri side of the state line.

Ikea’s new neighbors

McDonald’s wants to open a restaurant at 8915 Johnson Drive, in Merriam, on the former Papa John’s site. The Papa John’s building would be torn down. If all goes as planned the restaurant would open later this year.

Hobby Lobby is going through city planning on a 55,000-square-foot store at 6001 Ikea Way, at Johnson Drive just south of QuikTrip.

The developers also want to put one or two more restaurants between Hobby Lobby and QuikTrip. Another site is available between Jack in the Box and Ikea.

Area restaurant closings

•  After nearly eight years of operations, Wil Jenny’s has closed.

Kevin Timmons and Doug Watkins opened the restaurant at 6700 W. 135th St. in October 2006, next to their Nick Jake’s restaurant in Overland Park. Timmons said sales were steady, but the partners wanted to concentrate on expanding their Nick Jake’s brand, which is more of an American grill, chef-driven with an upscale sports theme.

•  Less than two years after opening, Sugo’s Spaghetteria has closed in south Overland Park. The casual, family-style Italian eatery opened at 13386 Metcalf Ave. in mid-2012.

The owner did not return phone calls.

•  Outback Steakhouse has closed after eight years in Kansas City, Kan.

The restaurant, at 1851 Village West Parkway, was an original tenant of the shopping center now known as the Legends Outlets Kansas City.

Elizabeth Watts, spokeswoman for Outback Steakhouse, said in a statement: “Closing a restaurant is never easy. This decision was made based solely on business circumstances and has no reflection on the employees.”

The restaurant had 57 employees and some had the opportunity to transfer to positions at other area Outback locations, including one in Overland Park. Employees who did not transfer received a severance package, Watts said.

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