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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Summit Woods Crossing is the new home for the 810 Zone, a popular Kansas City sports bar. With its move from the Plaza, the 810 Zone now has the Lee's Summit shopping destination at full capacity. That's something that hasn't happened in years. Across Highway 50, Summit Fair is also gaining attention with four new shops set to open before the busy holiday shopping season.

Jim Divine, President and Ceo of Economic Development in Lee's Summit says the growing city is a head of the curve.

"There was niche market that was unfulfilled here ten years ago and all the studies demonstrated that we needed a lot more regional retail here, that has been accomplished, said Divine.

Now that market is fulfilled, it provides a great one stop shop experience for consumers like Buffy Wayman.
"We've been to Overland Park, the Plaza several times, this is more convenient for us, closer to home," said Wayman. "I'm pretty excited about the new shops, especially The black white store, and chicos, just less travel time."

With the closure of Bannister Mall and Blue Valley Mall, these two shopping centers are great for Lee's Summit.

"We are now the preferred destination of shoppers both in the region and locally, said Divine."

Retail development is the only expansion for Lee's Summit. Divine says it's now about securing manufacturing and technology jobs. Currently there is a proposal to develop 150 acres near View Highway and I-470. What will it be? That's unclear at this time, but possibilities include more retail or a hotel.

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