Demolition begins on Olathe’s Great Mall of the Great Plains

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Crews will begin the process of tearing down an Olathe mall on Monday, and soon the Great Mall of the Great Plains will be nothing more than a pile of rubble.

Demolition will begin at 8 a.m., and it will take five to six months for crews to tear it all down and clear the land.

The only business staying in the area is the Burlington Coat Factory. They will stay open through all of the demolition. Everything else, though, will soon be gone.

The owners shut down the Great Mall of the Great Plains for good last September, but for the past several years, the writing has been on the wall. Many tenants had been vacating the mall, and the owners struggled to replace them.

According to a spokesperson, a big factor is a change in shopping habits. Over the last decade, people have gone from buying things at the mall to shopping online.

Built back in 1997 at a cost of $137-million, The Great Mall never really succeeded like the owners hoped it would. They struggled to attract customers and tenants, and the owners ended up selling the mall for only $20-million – losing most of their original investment.

The spokesperson says there are currently no plans for what will become of this land, but the owners are working with a realtor to shape the future of this space.

Demolition began Monday on the Great Mall of the Great Plains.

Demolition began Monday on the Great Mall of the Great Plains.