Overland Park mayor hopes business boom attracts residents, visitors to new community experience

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Three highly-anticipated grand openings this weekend will make Overland Park a triple threat. Scheels All Sports, The Container Store and Topgolf are all opening their doors.

It’s economic development city leaders hope puts OP on the map as a destination city in the Midwest.

“This weekend is a Royals triple play,” said Mayor Carl Gerlach. “With the combination of Topgolf opening, the Container Store and Scheels All Sports, we completed the triple play for the first time.”

Topgolf hired more than 450 workers to run the 65,000-square-foot sports complex that boasts 102 climate-controlled hitting bays. The golf balls have microchips that track each shot's distance and accuracy.

"We get to shoot at targets," said golfer Ken Babb, "but also have some great food and some drinks with friends and family, even if they don’t play golf."

Topgolf opens Friday morning at 9 o'clock. For prices and hours, click here.

Scheels and The Container Store both open at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Gerlach calls the recent boom in entertainment and shopping the “Overland Park experience” – a community brand he believes will provide fun nights out for residents and attract visitors.

“They’re going to go back and talk to other people about, ‘Boy, that experience I had in Overland Park was fantastic!’” Gerlach said. “That’s what we work on, is to create the Overland Park experience that people will remember us by.”