Overland Park & Leawood

KC area’s first Sprouts Farmers Market set to open Wednesday in Overland Park

The metro’s first Sprouts Farmers Market is scheduled to open on Wednesday in Overland Park, and more stores are coming.

Sprouts is described as a “neighborhood grocery store with the feel of an old-fashioned market.”

Along with natural, organic and gluten-free choices, the brightly lit stores sell more everyday staples than some specialty grocers, striving for the best products at the best values, said Dan Babb, regional director.

The bakery makes nine different flavors of muffins daily and then sells them for 99 cents or four for $2.99. The deli sells made-to-order sandwiches starting at $3.99. Its bulk food area sells nuts, grains, trail mix, granola, and other items — including chili lemon flavored mango, soy protein, Australian black licorice, white chocolate cashew caramel clusters, organic coconut sugar, and organic black eyed peas — at discounts.

The full-service store, in Corbin Park, at 6821 W. 135th St., will have the traditional departments — meat and seafood departments, produce, dairy and health and beauty. But it also will have more than a dozen different sausages made in-house daily, an olive bar, three freshly made soups daily, rotisserie chicken, organic grass-fed beef, ready to cook items like stuffed chicken breasts, gourmet cheeses, and more, along with its own private label offerings and some local brands.

Sprouts plans a 7 a.m. opening. The first 200 shoppers receive 20 percent off their purchase. There also will be other grand opening deals and food tastings throughout the weekend.

Store hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The developers of Mission Gateway in Mission said a Sprouts is scheduled to open there and sources said other area stores are in the works including one in Liberty.

Sprouts was founded in 2002 in Chandler, Ariz. There are now 170 stores.

Archiver’s scrapbooking stores closing

Two area scrapbooking stores will soon be just a memory.

Archiver’s, a national retailer based in Golden Valley, Minn., is going out of business and closing its 33 stores in 18 states, including one in Overland Park and one in the Northland. The stores are scheduled to close in mid-February.

In a letter to customers and vendors, the company said the last few years have been difficult: “The economy has changed, our industry has changed, and our customers’ needs have changed.”

When Archiver’s was founded 14 years ago, scrapbooking and paper-crafting were rapidly growing hobbies and one of the largest segments of the craft industry, the company said. But in the last four to five years, the “combination of a weak economy and new technology resulted in steady declines in the memory craft business.”

Archiver’s brought in new products and brands, did more sales and offered more coupons, and streamlined operations. It also filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in late April 2013.

The area stores — in Rosana Square, 7594 W. 119th St., Overland Park, and The Shops at Boardwalk at 8618 N. Boardwalk Ave. — are currently offering items at 25 percent off. Inventory includes patterned paper, albums and scrapbooks, stamps, die-cutting machines, embellishments, frames, wedding invitations, and baby announcements.

Each store has about a dozen employees.

Quivira 95 opens

The new Quivira 95 center is now open on one of the area’s prime commercial corners.

The 10,500-square-foot center at 95th Street and Quivira Road in Lenexa has such tenants as Sleep Number, T-Mobile, and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. Two more spaces are still available.

Developer MD Management also handles property management and leasing for the project.

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