Tuesday, February 06, 2018
KANSAS CITY LATE NIGHT JUXTAPOSITION: COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA STAYS WINNING OVER FADING SUBURBAN MALLS!!!
Credit where it's due as Kansas City confronts the death of retail . . .
The Country Club Plaza deserves credit for a pair of important victories over the inner-suburbs as of late.
First, the crown jewel of Kansas City retail snagged Nordstrom from Oak Park Mall.
And then . . .
Today's foodie victory bringing Shake Shack to the Plaza has local gluttons all jazzed up . . . Even if our TKC blog community believes that it might come at the expense of Winstead's
Either way, on the opposite side of the spectrum we notice Independence Center on the auction block.
The lesson . . .
First a reality check for the haters: All three of these locations have had their problems with shootings, robberies, beat-downs and typical fear of violent teens. So, making an argument about a flight to safety doesn't really stand up to scrutiny.
Instead . . .
Even after all these years, the faux Spanish architecture and middle-class upscale legacy of the Plaza wins the day over inner-suburban box story glory that isn't much more exciting than a mouse click . . . Merchants might also remember that it was LOCAL offerings that build this district in the first place . . . But in the final analysis . . . A trip to the Plaza is still slightly more exciting than a visit to the mall. Example: They never caught that naked guy running around the parking lots.
And so the "experience" and cultural amenities of Kansas City proper SEEM to lure the last holdouts of the retail market whilst everybody else just shops on Amazon.
You decide . . .