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Gladstone’s Meadowbrook Village adding food choices

When Gladstone’s Meadowbrook Village Shopping Center — which dates to 1968 — completes its renovation this summer, it hopes to have several new restaurants in the mix.

In mid-2014, ARO Real Estate, owners and brokers for the center at 6000-6060 N.E. Antioch Road, began the first phase of the renovation, which will include a new facade, landscaping, and lighting.

Los Corrals Mexican restaurant, which was founded in downtown Kansas City in 1949, picked the center for its second restaurant. It opened last May .

Now Berliner Group of Omaha plans to open a freestanding Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-through, in late summer or early fall.

ARO also is in final negotiations with another restaurant tenant. If those talks are successful, the locally owned restaurant could open this summer. ARO also would like to add patio dining and a volleyball court.

The shopping center, which has community improvement district status, is now at about 90 percent occupancy with such tenants as Best Lighting & Accessories, Dollar General and Mama China Buffet.

It also includes a freestanding Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

Crystal Lake Partners, of Terre Haute, Ind., purchased the 11 area Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen locations in late 2013 and has since remodeled its restaurants in Independence, Raytown and Mission. It is in negotiations to tear down and rebuild its Meadowbrook Village restaurant, which originally opened as a Jack in the Box in the 1970s.

Crystal Lake Partners also recently demolished its restaurant at 6330 Troost Ave. and is putting up a new one that is scheduled to open in late February or early March. It also plans to add seven or eight locations in the metro.

“Kansas City has a strong economy, great quality of workers. It has worked hard to maintain and refresh and keep itself vibrant,” said Scott Womack, president of Crystal Lake Partners.

Brookside updates

Brookside’s Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard, a Brookside mainstay for more than 26 years, has reopened after a major remodeling.

Owner Betty Bremser renewed her lease with Brookside’s new owners, First Washington Realty Inc., in August, agreeing to remodel the spot at 6235 Brookside Plaza. It temporarily closed on Oct. 30 for the renovation.

“I just wanted to make it fun and happy and neighborhoody like it always has been,” Bremser said. “Foo’s is all grown up now.” ”

In other Brookside news, the long empty James Hallmark space is starting to fill up.

BKS Nails, which plans to open on the east side of the space in late April, will offer manicures, pedicures and waxing services.

The parent company, the locally owned Oak Nails Inc., also owns and operates a salon on the Country Club Plaza called Plaza Nails at 4636 Wyandotte St., as well as Oak Nails at 5050 Oak St., Suite C, by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

James Hallmark Shop closed in early 2012 after 25 years of operations.

Lindy Meyer of CBRE handled the negotiations and is in talks with possible tenants for 1,128 square feet on the west side of the space at 6245 Brookside Blvd.

First Washington Realty, the new owners of Brookside, also plan to open an office in the neighborhood.

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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