For several years, area outlet store enthusiasts have been clamoring for a Coach Factory store.
Now they will get one, at least temporarily. The luxury brand — especially known for its high quality handbags — will open one of its pop-up Coach Factory stores in the Legends Outlets Kansas City.
Pop-up stores open for short periods, sometimes to create excitement for a new product, sometimes to save overhead by operating only during their hottest season — so Halloween costume stores in October, kiosks selling ham at Christmas and Easter.
Sometimes retailers just want to raise awareness for their brand and don’t expect the stores to make a killing.
But they also may be testing the market to see whether it’s strong enough for a permanent location.
And Jessica Bachtel, spokeswoman for the Legends, said a Coach store has been a top request from customers.
The new 6,750-square-foot Coach Factory is scheduled to open May 22 at 1867 Village West Parkway, Suite D-105, Kansas City, Kan., and run through the summer.
Coach Factory stores offer up to 65 percent off retail prices. Inventory includes high-end accessories, gifts, handbags, leather goods, footwear, sunglasses, watches, scarves, jewelry and apparel — for both women and men.
The Legends pop-up is one of only three Coach Factory pop-ups to open in the nation this summer. The two others are in Arizona and Texas.
Legends Outlets is at the intersection of Interstate 435 and Parallel Parkway, just north of Interstate 70 in Kansas City, Kan.
Could Coach Factory stick around permanently? Coach officials declined to comment.
Legends Outlets Kansas City also will welcome three other new tenants.
• Woody’s Automotive Group, Chillicothe, Mo., will open an interactive automotive marketing center for new and used vehicles on Thursday in a 507-square- foot space at 1811 Village West Parkway, Suite O-123.
Woody’s is a family owned business that traces its roots to a Kaiser-Frazer dealership that opened in Manly, Iowa, in 1947.
Woody’s promises its new Legends Outlets center will offer a “zero hassle approach.” Customers will be able to scan Woody’s large Chillicothe inventory online and even talk to the Chillicothe sales staff about a particular vehicle. It also will have a sampling of its cars on-site at the Legends.
“At some point in the year we seem to carry nearly every brand, every model,” said Brent Kline, chief executive officer of Woody’s. “We usually have around 1,000 cars on 10 acres.”
Woody’s also can tap into its affiliates with inventory nationwide, and the office will buy usedvehicles.
• Nail Envy is a salon and spa offering such services as spa manicures and pedicures, along with full hair salon services, waxing and make-up services, facials, body massages and eyelash extensions.
Nail Envy plans a May 14 opening in a 3,000-square-foot space at 10924 Stadium Parkway, Suite WC-102.
• Bath Body Works will offer shower gels, lotions, fragrance mists, perfumes, candles and home scents.
Bath Body Works plans a late May opening in a 3,010-square-foot space at 1803 Village West Parkway, Suite M-129.Stroud’s offers new weekday lunch
Stroud’s restaurant is rolling out a new weekday lunch menu.
Starting Monday, the Fairway restaurant began offering “lunch size” portions of its longtime favorites, including livers and gizzards, chicken fried steak, chicken fried chicken, and chicken noodle soup, as well as items such as a pan-fried or grilled chicken sandwich, chicken salad, hamburgers, and a soup/salad combo.
Customers also can add sides such as mashed potatoes, cottage fries, green beans, chicken noodle soup or apple sauce — two sides with an entree, one side with a sandwich. Every entree or sandwich also comes with a cinnamon roll.
Sandwiches will cost $9.50 to $9.99, entrees $8.75 to $9.75 (or $16.75 for a full order).
Later this month, Stroud’s, at 4200 Shawnee Mission Parkway, also will offer weekday lunch specials such as chicken pot pie, pot roast, beef tips and noodles, and fried pork chops.
The lunch menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The first customers ordering a lunch entree or sandwich will receive a free Stroud’s T-shirt while supplies last.
It also will continue to serve its regular menu all day Saturday and Sunday
Stroud’s, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, plans a June opening for its new Overland Park restaurant at 8301 W. 135th St., just west of U.S. 69 in the former Mimi’s Cafe spot.