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AMC to take over Legends 14 Theatre in KCK

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The owners of Legends Outlets Kansas City have purchased the center’s 14-screen theater and are converting it to an AMC Theatre.

The deal closed Friday. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The theaters have been renamed AMC Legends 14 and will remain open through a renovation scheduled for 2016.

In a statement, Wes Grammer, chief development officer for Legacy Development, co-owners of the Legends, said: “We couldn’t be more excited. The Legends is a great project and we relish the opportunity to deepen our involvement in it.”

Legends 14 Theatres was owned by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and has been managed by Phoenix Big Cinemas LLC since it opened in 2005.

In a statement, Doug Bach, county administrator, said: “The sale of the theater paves the way for private sector re-investment in the 10-year-old facility and insures that both residents and tourists will be able to enjoy this asset for years to come.”

The Leawood-based AMC operates 348 theaters, including five in the Kansas City area, and 4,937 screens.

Smoothie cafe for Lenexa

Atlanta’s Tropical Smoothie Cafe has entered the market with a Lenexa location.

The fast casual cafe, at 12850 W. 87th St., specializes in “fresh and healthier offerings” including smoothies with a tropical twist, salads, tacos, wraps, sandwiches and flatbreads.

Menu items include sandwiches like the Moho Mojo Club with all-natural grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar, tomato, avocado and zesty mojo sauce, topped with house-made slaw on a toasted brioche, and smoothies like the Kiwi Quencher with kiwi, strawberries and non-fat yogurt, and the Avocolada with avocado, pineapple, spinach, kale, coconut and lime.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Area franchisees Scott and Missy Andersen plan a grand opening celebration on Jan. 5.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe was founded in 1997 and now has more than 445 locations across the country. The company plans to have 800 stores open by 2018.

More restaurant updates

▪ PepperJax Grill has opened in Cornerstone Commons, 5922 Barkley St., Suite 100, Mission. The fast casual chain is known for its phillies, gourmet rice bowls, giant burritos, loaded nachos and salads.

▪ Pie Five Pizza has opened in part of the former Ruby Tuesday building at 15404 W. 119th St., Olathe. The Pie Five name comes from the five minutes it takes to make the pizzas.

Customers can select from a variety of choices in crust, sauce, cheese, greens, meats and vegetables. It also has several 9-inch specialty pizzas, including chicken carbonara, barbecue pulled pork, vegetarian, signature entree salads and side salads.

▪ Potbelly Sandwich Shop opened Tuesday in Corbin Park, 6475 W. 135th St., Overland Park. The operations feature toasted warm sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes, and made-to-order salads. The company also has another Overland Park location as well as one on the Country Club Plaza and one in Mission.

▪ Qdoba Mexican Eats is now open at 6350 Johnson Drive, Mission. Qdoba, a fast casual operation founded in Denver in 1995, specializes in customizable Mexican entrees, including burritos, tacos, nachos, Mexican gumbo, quesadillas and taco salad. It also recently opened a location in the Northland.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC