Gap Inc. is betting on its Old Navy concept to drive growth, including in Kansas City.
The retailer currently has more than 1,100 Old Navy locations and plans to open 60 more this year in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, including nontraditional retail locations such as discount, urban and outlet centers.
One of the new stores will be in the Country Club Plaza.
Gap will relocate to a 7,000-square-foot space at 235 W. 47th St. and plans an August opening. Ann Taylor Loft had operated in the spot but closed in early 2015.
Old Navy will then take the current 16,500-square-foot Gap store space at 424 W. 47th St. and open later this year.
A search shows that there are seven Old Navy stores around the Kansas City area, but none in the region's center.
▪ Three years after opening in East Brookside, locally owned Golden & Pine plans to relocate. The home and garden boutique will close at 633 E. 63rd St., Suite 100, this fall and relocate and more than double in size in the Prairie Village Shopping Center.
It is taking a space at 19 on the Mall, next to the new Caffetteria Modern Cafe + Marketplace.
Owner Stephanie Agne said she is relocating for "more space and more foot traffic." The Prairie Village location also will offer furniture including sofas and dining room tables.
▪ Coco has nearly returned to its roots. The women's clothing boutique had to relocate to Waldo after a fire in its East Brookside complex in April 2017.
Now owner Abby Roen Flores has taken the former Simple Science Juices space at 112 W. 63rd St. She also recently opened Lady Bye at 6245 Brookside Plaza.
Coco's new Brookside space offers "better foot traffic, better exposure," Flores said.
She will have a "warehouse sale" at the Waldo location, 407 W. Gregory Blvd., starting Wednesday through Saturday. Then the Waldo store will close.