Sprouts Farmers Market expanding to the Northland

07/01/2014 5:00 AM

06/27/2014 4:41 PM

Sprouts Farmers Market is coming to the Northland.

A permit has been issued for a Sprouts at 6061 N.W. 64th St. in The Village at Burlington Creek.

NorthPoint Development, developer and landlord for the center, said only that it has a signed lease for a 28,000-square-foot freestanding specialty grocery store. However, the firm declined to disclose the name of the tenant citing a confidentiality agreement.

A spokeswoman for Sprouts declined to comment.

Sprouts is described as a “neighborhood grocery store with the feel of an old-fashioned market.”

Along with organic and gluten-free choices, the brightly lit stores sell more everyday staples than some specialty grocers, striving for “the best products at the best values.”

At the Overland Park store that includes meat and seafood, dairy and health and beauty, as well as more than a dozen different sausages made in-house, freshly made soups, organic grass-fed beef, gourmet cheeses and an olive bar.

Sprouts also are in the works for Lenexa, Liberty and Mission.

The Village at Burlington Creek features specialty retailers, restaurants, offices, services and apartments. Occupancy is now 98 percent.

NKC brewery adds beer garden

North Kansas City brewery and taproom, The Big Rip Brewing Co, will make use of its new beer garden during a Fourth of July event.

Its “2nd Annual Beer, Music and Fireworks Celebration” will start at noon and include raffles and other prizes, food from neighboring El Burrito Loco and North Kansas City food truck Back Rack Grill, snow cones from Kona Ice, root beer floats, “adult” root beer floats with vanilla vodka, and nearly a dozen of Big Rip’s craft beers. It is expecting about 500 people.

The Big Rip opened at 216 E. Ninth Ave. in May 2013 and recently added the outdoor beer garden seating 45 people.

“If the weather is nice our taproom gets quiet because everyone goes outside,” said Josh Collins, a partner and founder in the Big Rip.

Pet pampering in the Crossroads

Pets are staking out their piece of the Crossroads Arts District.

The new Tail Waggin’ PetStop plans to open in a 3,000-square-foot corner space at 1818 Wyandotte St., across from Mildred’s Coffeehouse, by mid-July.

It will offer high-quality food for dogs and cats in a wide range of prices, along with toys, treats, beds and other pet supplies. It also will have a do-it-yourself pet grooming area with bathing tubs and grooming products, and it will offer a customer reward program.

Pet food tastings are planned, as well as seminars put on by pet care experts. During the monthly First Friday events it may even show pet-themed movies on the side of the building.

Owners Alan Zlotky and Merrie Morris, lived and worked in Washington, D.C., for many years. But they have ties to the Kansas City area. Zlotky grew up in Topeka. Morris grew up in St. Louis but her parents and her brother and his family now live here and the couple recently relocated to the area.

“As we get older we wanted to be with family,” Morris said.

They chose the Crossroads for their new shop because it is “such a vibrant and growing neighborhood and it’s very pet friendly,” Zlotky said.

Dog Pawz, a doggy daycare, cage-less boarding and professional grooming facility, is nearby and the two businesses plan cross promotions.

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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