Hawthorne Plaza begins multimillion-dollar makeover

07/08/2014 3:47 PM

07/08/2014 3:47 PM

Overland Park’s Hawthorne Plaza has kicked off a multimillion-dollar renovation that will include new tenants The Container Store and The Mixx.

The 115,000-square-foot center, at 119th Street and Roe Avenue, opened its first phase in fall 1990. David Hickman, senior vice president at CBRE, which manages the center, said the renovation will give Hawthorne a “modern, updated look and improved traffic flow.”

The renovation includes new facades, landscaping and outdoor seating areas to encourage customers to linger, pedestrian pathways, and a reconfigured parking lot. It will be done in phases through the fall so the stores can operate during regular business hours.

Fast casual restaurant concept The Mixx is in final negotiations to open in the 4,300-square-foot former WestChase Grille space at 11942 Roe Ave. A late November/early December opening is planned.

The Mixx offers custom salads with more than 50 “mix-ins” to select from, as well as soups, fresh pastas, sandwiches and wraps. Desserts include cookies and cupcakes, and drinks include craft beers, wines and vodka lemonades. The new Overland Park location also will offer a fresh press juice and espresso coffee bar.

The first Mixx opened south of the Country Club Plaza in 2005 and a second restaurant opened in the Power & Light District in 2009. Owner Jo Marie Scaglia has been scouting southern Johnson Country locations for a third restaurant for several years.

Hawthorne’s multimillion dollar renovation, its abundant parking and new exclusive tenant The Container Store were key in selecting the center for her third restaurant, she said. The new Mixx location also will offer catering and delivery services.

The Container Store, a chain of stores offering storage and organization supplies, plans to open in a 24,000-square-foot building now under construction on the corner of 119th Street and Roe Avenue, on the former site of YaYa’s Euro Bistro. It will offer more than “10,000 time and space-saving solutions” to organization challenges. The store will be divided into 16 lifestyle sections, including kitchen, closet, office, gift packaging, trash, shelving, bath, laundry and travel. A spring 2015 opening is scheduled.

Earlier this year, YaYa's celebrated its 20th anniversary at Hawthorne. But last September, YaYa’s owners said they didn’t want to give up the prime corner spot to make way for the Container Store and relocate to another Hawthorne Plaza space.

Instead, YaYa’s is relocating to a new building in Overland Park’s Corbin Park at 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue that is scheduled to open in September. (YaYa’s also operated under the name YiaYia's for a short time).

Quick bites

Slim Chickens of Fayetteville, Ark., is in expansion mode and is targeting the Kansas City area.

A new area franchisee plans six locations and is in negotiations to open at 8901 W. 135th St. in Overland Park by April 2015. An Independence location is scheduled to open in November.

Slim Chickens was founded in 2003.

After six years at 4200 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway, Stroud’s restaurant has gone from “drab” gray to “rustic red” with antique white trim to make it “pop” from Shawnee Mission Parkway.

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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