Wal-Mart dips out of Mission Gateway Project after years of hurdles

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MISSION, Kan. — Wal-Mart  will no longer be the ‘anchor store’ for the mixed-use development 16-acre plot of land at Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway that was to be known as the ‘Mission Gateway’ project.

Developer Tom Valenti said the decision for Walmart to withdraw from the project was mutual, the Shawnee Mission Post reports.

Developer Tom Valenti

Developer Tom Valenti

Valenti had originally planned the development to include a Wal-Mart with apartments built on top, a hotel, and other retail locations. Valenti vowed he would continue to pursue new tenants to replace Walmart.  The Shawnee Mission Post reports he would not seek another ‘super-discount department store’ to take Walmart’s place.

In August, the city council rejected the Mission Gateway Project plan. Some council members had been elected specifically to oppose Walmart there.

It has been a decade since The Mission Mall occupied the space. Since its demolition, residents have been waiting.

“It’s kind of become a big joke. The Mission weed patch down there, Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway,” resident Tim Hannon told FOX 4.

Wal-Mart issued the following statement about the Mission Gateway Project.

“While we were excited to be a part of the vision for the multi-use Mission Gateway development, we understand the developer’s current proposal is not moving forward and have made a business decision to no longer pursue a new store at this location.  We remain committed to finding ways to better serve our area customers and, as we continue to innovate our services and invest in improving our stores, we anticipate launching an extensive remodel of the existing store in Roeland Park in early 2017.  The Roeland Park Walmart has proudly served the community for 20 years and we look forward to making investments in this store that will greatly enhance the customer experience,” said Delia Garcia, Walmart Director of Communications.

The Wal-Mart development plans

The Wal-Mart development plans