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JoyceKC: Kendra Scott for Plaza. Backwoods closing in OP. Vault takes Czar Bar space

Kendra Scott’s rose quartz earrings.
Kendra Scott’s rose quartz earrings. Kendra Scott

Austin, Texas-based jewelry retailer Kendra Scott is coming to the Country Club Plaza.

Kendra Scott officials said they already have a strong local following. Now they will open one of their boutiques at 412/414 Nichols Road. A late summer opening is planned.

Kendra Scott was founded in 2002 and is now a global, multimillion-dollar brand. Its products are sold in upscale department stores like Halls, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, as well as at more than 1,000 specialty boutiques worldwide.

It also has about 20 Kendra Scott boutiques in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Texas. Stores are scheduled to open in Chicago, Florida, Maryland, and Tennessee.

In a statement, officials with Highwoods Properties, owner of the Plaza, said: We are not able to speak on the possibility of this brand or others coming to the Country Club Plaza without a lease being signed.”

Backwoods closing

Backwoods, an outdoor apparel and gear retailer, has been building a loyal fan base in Kansas City for more than 40 years, including more than seven years at 6825 W. 135th St. in Overland Park's Corbin Park.

But two years ago, two national competitors announced plans to open nearby: Mega sports retailer Scheels , opening this summer in Corbin Park, and REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.), which opened in Prairiefire, a center to the east, in September 2013.

A the time, officials with all three companies said the three stores would create a sports retailer synergy at 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue. But some retail experts predicted that the market was not big enough to support all three.

Now Backwoods is closings its doors Saturday.

In a statement, Rob Morales, chief operating officer for Backwoods, said: “In evaluating our business across all our locations as well as considering new opportunities we are choosing to pursue, we decided to close this location. The KC Metro area has been a location we’ve had in our portfolio for many years and we have enjoyed our time in the area, but at this time in our evolution, we have decided to open ourselves up to other options.”

Vault takes Czar Bar space

Vault is now under construction in the former Czar Bar space at 1531 Grand Blvd. The name comes from the large vault in the space that was left over from the old Colonial State Bank, circa 1919.

Vault’s owner couldn’t be reached for comment.

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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