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June 17, 2014

Skechers Overland Park outlet carries more than shoes

Skechers footwear opens its first area factory outlet store. Overland Park’s Corbin Park to add furniture store and fitness center. T. Loft cafe, with locations in south Kansas City and Leawood, plans Lawrence location. A Phoenix-based blow dry bar concept is in final negotiations for Overland Park location.

When entering the area market, Skechers USA Inc. bypassed area outlet centers.

Instead, Skechers’ strategy was to go into a high traffic intersection at 119th Street and Metcalf in Overland Park, near a Wal-Mart and other discounters.

Skechers Factory Outlet Store opened June 13 in the 119th Street Commons at 6740 W. 119th St. It carries Skechers fashion and lifestyle footwear for the family, as well as work footwear for men and women.

Skechers USA, Manhattan Beach, Calif., is a leader in the lifestyle and high-performance footwear industry. It designs, develops and markets a wide range of 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.

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

Crowley Furniture relocating in Overland Park

Overland Park’s Corbin Park is adding more tenants to its lineup.

Crowley Furniture plans to open this fall in a 29,300-square-foot building at 6821 W. 135th St.. Crowley currently has a 22,000-square-foot store in The Fountains shopping center, at 6327 W. 119th St., that will relocate to Corbin Park.

“We think Corbin Park is a good opportunity. It is a bigger space but still in the Overland Park area, “ Greg Crowley, owner.

The retailer, which was founded in 1954, also has stores in Lee’s Summit and Liberty.

Locally-owned Fusion Fitness plans to open one of its group fitness centers at 6913 W. 135th St. this fall. It also has locations in Leawood and Overland Park.

T. Loft cafe opening in Lawrence

The owners of T. Loft are opening their third location, just 16 months after their first opened.

The locally-owned cafes focus on fresh and healthy grab-and-go snacks and meals. The menu includes more than 30 blends of teas (served hot or cold), fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies and juices, fresh salads, and apple nachos.

It plans an early July opening at 4801 Bauer Farm Drive in Lawrence (at the high-traffic intersection of Wakarusa Drive and 6th Street). It will have 8 to 10 employees.

Jill Minton, who founded the two area cafes with her husband Brandon, has Celiac disease, as does her daughter, father and sister. So the family became focused on a healthier lifestyle that included eating healthy items and drinking tea and juice.

The Mintons opened their first T. Loft at 8025 State Line Road in April 2013 and added a Leawood location, at 5225 W. 116th Place in Park Place, in February.

The Lawrence shop will be owned by Jill’s mother, Marybeth Mermis, and her sister, Lisa Green. Hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Primp and Blow, a blow dry bar offering blowouts, hair extensions, lashes and makeup services, is in negotiations to open an Overland Park location.

The company has three locations in the Phoenix, Ariz., area with a fourth location in development there. The Overland Park location would be the company’s first franchisee owned shop.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC

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