Legends Outlets increases occupancy rate to 95 percent as permanent retail additions, experience and growth continue for the outlet center
Upward trend includes highest occupancy rate of any Kansas shopping center and year-over-year traffic increases
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Dec. 10, 2018) – Legends Outlets, the only outlet center serving the Kansas City metro, reports robust leasing activity in 2018, including seven permanent retail additions, increased experiences, new interactive elements, and a 95 percent occupancy rate – the highest of any shopping center located in the state of Kansas. The leading regional and local shopping destination, which attracts more than 10 million visitors annually, also announces continued traffic increases estimated at approximately 2 percent cumulative year-over-year, or 200,000 visitors.
In 2018, the 1.2 million-square-foot shopping center welcomed seven new, long-term tenants – Kate Spade outlet, Journeys, HomeGoods, Michael Kors outlet, Rack Room Shoes, The Dapper Doughnut and True Religion – five of which are unique to the Kansas City market (Kate Spade outlet, Michael Kors outlet, Rack Room Shoes, The Dapper Doughnut and True Religion). The center, which has more than 100 outlet stores, retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues, also announced another, permanent tenant – El Toro Loco, a locally owned Mexican restaurant, which is planning to open this winter.
In addition, Legends Outlets continues to add experience and diversity throughout the center with upgraded center-wide Wi-Fi and two jumbo, outdoor LED screens – phase one of its west end development plan. The screens, which debuted in January of 2018, broadcast regular entertainment, events and activities for another fun, dynamic and engaging experience at Legends Outlets. Additionally, the center launched complimentary Fiber Wi-Fi in November for a faster, more convenient experience for guests.
In 2017, Legends Outlets announced plans to transform the west end of the property by building a new, community space called The Lawn – phase two of the west end development project. Currently under construction, The Lawn will provide shoppers, visitors and families with an engaging gathering space for leisure activities, picnics, screenings and events of all kinds. Features include a large green space, park-like elements, tables and seating, which face the center’s new, jumbo LED screens.
Legends Outlets was also the venue of choice for two major city events in 2018: Fall Chick Event and Village West WineFest. The Fall Chick Event brought approximately 5,000 visitors to the center for its two-day Kansas City marketplace event, Sept. 8-9. The 12th Annual Village West WineFest, held at Legends Outlets on Sept. 22, was sold out with 1,500 guests in attendance and raised more than $25,000 for multiple non-profit organizations through KC Cause. The 2018 beneficiaries included Sunflower House, SACRED, Special Olympics Kansas and Douglas County, Kansas City Hospice, Helpful Hands KC, Hands to Heart, CASA of Leavenworth County, and Bra Couture KC.
New permanent retail additions, previously announced, include:
Kate Spade: The first and only-area Kate Spade outlet store arrived at Legends Outlets on March 9 with the grand opening of its 3,500-square-foot store at 1847 Village West Parkway, Suite K-127. From handbags and clothing, to jewelry and home accessories, the outlet concept offers high quality, designer merchandise for women at affordable prices.
Journeys: Global footwear retailer Journeys opened its 2,300-square-foot location at Legends Outlets on May 11. Journeys is a leader in the teen specialty retail scene offering footwear and accessories that evolve and change with the demands of the market. It carries a wide variety of trendy, relevant brands that cater to teens who seek the hottest, newest styles, including Vans, Converse, TOMS, Sperry, UGG, adidas, Fila, New Balance and Timberland. Journeys also carries specialty items like novelty t-shirts, backpacks, hats, socks and shoe laces. Journeys is located at 1843 Village West Parkway, Suite C-121.
HomeGoods: A newly constructed, 20,097-square-foot retail space at the east end of the property houses Legends Outlets only dedicated home décor retailer, HomeGoods. The leading retailer offers a one-stop destination for high-quality home furnishings and accessories including furniture, lighting, rugs, kitchen essentials, bath, bedding and more at significant savings. HomeGoods opened May 20 at 1817 Village West Parkway, Suite 102.
Michael Kors: Kansas City’s first and only area Michael Kors outlet opened its 5,400-square-foot location on June 28 at 1847 Village West Parkway, Suite K-121. The first and only-area outlet location offers a large selection of women’s products, including ready-to-wear styles, shoes, handbags, and small leather goods from the Michael Kors Outlet label.
Rack Room Shoes: Kansas City’s first and only area Rack Room Shoes opened at Legends Outlets on Aug. 2. The 5,700-square-foot location at 1829 Village West Parkway Suite T-107 carries a wide selection of footwear and accessories for men, women and children, including nationally recognized brands and an assortment of exclusive private labels known for its quality. Rack Room Shoes offers customers great shoes in comfort, dress, casual and athletic styles at an outstanding value.
The Dapper Doughnut: The gourmet doughnut shop opened its first and only-area location at Legends Outlets on Aug. 27. Known for its mini cake doughnuts made fresh, in-house daily, The Dapper Doughnut offers 24 unique toppings, sauces and sugars, so guests can customize their order and create their own, signature flavor. The Dapper Doughnut occupies a 507-square-foot space at 1811 Village West Parkway, Suite O-123
True Religion: The designer denim brand opened Kansas City’s first and only-area True Religion at Legends Outlets on Oct. 6. Known for bold styles designed to stand out, True Religion offers a wide selection of signature premium denim, along with hand-picked styles for men and women. The 3,375-square-foot store is located at 1829 Village West Parkway, Suite T-115.
New tenants, coming soon:
El Toro Loco: A new, locally owned Mexican restaurant will occupy the 6,400-square-foot location at 1706 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas. El Toro Loco is tentatively planning a winter opening.
About Legends Outlets Kansas City
Located in the heart of Village West, the state of Kansas’ top tourist destination, Legends Outlets Kansas City is the only outlet shopping destination serving the greater metropolitan region. Conveniently situated at the intersection of Interstate 435 and Parallel Parkway, just north of Interstate 70 in Kansas City, Kansas, Legends Outlets is the home to more than 75 leading designer and favorite brand-name stores including Coach, Banana Republic Factory Store, Gap Factory, J.Crew | crewcuts, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet, Victoria’s Secret, Under Armour® Factory House and Vans Outlet, among many more, which offer savings of up to 65 percent off regular retail prices. Also featuring a wide array of restaurant and entertainment venues, the property welcomes more than 10 million guests annually. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with some venues open extended hours. To learn more about Legends Outlets Kansas City, visit LegendsShopping.com or call (913) 788-3700. “Like” Legends Outlets on Facebook (facebook.com/LegendsOutlets), follow on Twitter (@LegendsShopping) and follow on Instagram (@LegendsOutlets).