Skechers opening first Kansas City-area outlet store in Overland Park

04/22/2014 12:09 PM

04/22/2014 8:46 PM

Skechers USA Inc. will open its first area Skechers Factory Outlet Store in Overland Park.

The Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based company plans a June 13 opening for its store at 6740 W. 119th St. The store will carry Skechers fashion and lifestyle footwear for the family, as well as work footwear for men and women.

Skechers USA Inc. is a leader in the lifestyle footwear industry and a high-performance footwear brand. It designs, develops and markets more than 3,000 styles for men, women and children. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban are featured in some of its ad campaigns.

Skechers has nearly 900 stores internationally and its products also are sold in department and specialty stores. Through licensing agreements, the company also offers branded apparel, bags, watches, eyewear and other merchandise.

Skechers’fiscal year 2013 net sales were $1.846 billion, compared with net sales of $1.560 billion in 2012.

Another Freddy’s for Olathe

Wichita’s Freddy’s Frozen Custard Steakburgers is planning another Olathe restaurant.

The chain is taking over the former Back Yard Burgers at 19020 W. 151st Terr. The parking lot will be expanded and a double drive-through installed. Construction likely won’t start for at least a couple of months, with a late fall opening planned.

Freddy’s menu includes steakburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, chili, fries and frozen custard.

The first Freddy's opened in 2002 and the chain now operates five area locations — including one that opened in January in Lee’s Summit — six restaurants in the Wichita area and one in the Dallas area. They also have 101 franchise locations in 18 states.

A new Overland Park location at College Boulevard and King Street is scheduled to open in late July and a Lenexa location is scheduled to open in late August. An additional location is in the early development stages for the Northland. The company also plans to open a restaurant in St. Joseph in late October.

In a statement, Monte Jump, spokesman for Back Yard Burgers in Nashville, Tenn., said the company has seen 12 consecutive months of systemwide sales improvement.

“In this case, the franchisee of this unit had fulfilled his obligation with our company, and was offered a buy out for the real estate that his store occupied. This was purely a sound business decision on his part, and we understand his reasoning.....Back Yard Burgers values their customers in the Olathe market, and is focused on returning to operations here as soon as possible.”

Kiss co-founders set Rock Brews opening, fundraiser

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss plan to open their new Overland Park Rock Brews next Tuesday. They also are planning an area fundraiser on May 29.

The Rock Brews restaurants offer craft beers, premium wines and a full bar. The menu includes “opening acts” like chipotle chili cheese fries, Mexican street corn and Bavarian pretzels; “VIP” salads including Tuscan Kale and Tequila Sunrise steak; hand-crafted burgers and “Headliner” sandwiches like pulled pork or sesame-seed crusted seared Ahi; “frontrow” specialty pizzas; and other items like fish and chips, Memphis-style baby back ribs, chocolate-filled French doughnuts with raspberry sauce, and “real” beer floats.

On May 29, Simmons and Stanley also will host a private luncheon for more than 100 “wounded warriors,” veterans and active military. An evening gala that night that will be open to the public and feature a live performance by the Kansas City-based tribute band Almost Kiss, along with a “few surprises.”

Tickets for the gala are $100 per person and include a red-carpet arrival, two adult beverages per person or soft drinks, a sampling of Rock Brews cuisine, a chance to mingle with Simmons and Stanley, and a “rockin’ good time.”

All the gala proceeds will go to veterans using the adaptive sports programs at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. The adaptive sports programs help disabled veterans participate in highly specialized sporting events across the nation by providing necessary transportation and housing.

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