A look at recent restaurant and retail openings at Lee’s Summit
A stroll around Lee’s Summit quickly reveals a number of new commercial developments, including several restaurants and large retail establishments that have recently launched or will soon be opening.
“Commercial development has been strong at Lee’s Summit,” said Joshua Johnson, assistant manager of Lee’s Summit Development Services.
Even a global pandemic has not significantly slowed the expansion of new housing and business projects.
“Our commercial and residential permits have been strong throughout the pandemic,” Johnson said. “Trading is one of our strongest areas now.”
A few of the recently opened business ventures arousing public interest opened during the summer months. They include Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, 540 NW Chipman Road, the fourth Missouri location for this national chain; Roots Seasonal Cuisine, a new restaurant at 940 NW Pryor Road.; Iron Horse Bar and Grill, opened in the former Summit Hickory Pit at 1012 SE Blue Parkway; Dutch Bros Coffee, 500 NW Chipman Road; Downtown Deli and Market by Flavor, 316 SW Main St. in downtown Lee’s Summit; Twisted Fresh, 940 NW Pryor Road; and Lee’s Summit’s third Chipotle Mexican Grill, located at 1103 SW Oldham Parkway.
The former Macy’s department store, located in the Summit Fair mall, is the new headquarters of the Furniture Mall of Missouri. Macy’s, a longtime mall mainstay, closed early in 2022.
The Furniture Mall of Missouri is scheduled to open this fall. The approximately 121,000 square foot store includes a Howdy cafe, a feature of other furniture malls operated by the same company. This location will be Missouri’s first store; several other furniture malls operate in Kansas and Texas.
Two new Lee’s Summit businesses opening soon are Baxter’s Coffee and Donuts, 1729 Langsford Road; and Macadoodles, a wine, beer and liquor store opening this fall at 1499 SW Market St.
The location previously occupied by Ted’s Cafe Escondido will soon have a new tenant with the opening of Gus’s Fried Chicken at 636 NE M-291 Highway. Gus’s Fried Chicken currently has 34 locations in 14 states.
If community members are curious about a new business being built or moving into an existing space, the City of Lee’s Summit webpage at https://cityofls.net/ includes a detailed list of projects as well as a interactive map focusing on current development. To find this information, select the “Development Services” link under the “Municipal Government” option on the website toolbar. Additionally, a four-minute explanatory video from city staff outlines the process for each option.
The city also offers a series of videos, called “Development Minute”, sharing updates on new developments. These short videos are available on the YouTube City of Lee’s Summit.
“We are ramping up our efforts on the series and will release a new one in about two weeks,” Johnson added. “It will contain many good things.”