Overland Park | AREA Real Estate Advisors - Part 2

MMGY Global Moves HQ to The Edison District

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MMGY Global, a travel and hospitality marketing agency, will move its Headquarters from The Country Club Plaza to the new Edison District in Downtown Overland Park.  MMGY has been in their current location since 2005, and the evolution of their company and their industry led to the move across State Line.

CEO Clayton Reid talked more about the decision to move in his interview with the Kansas City Business Journal here. With collaboration being the key component to the success of their company, Edison District allows MMGY’s employees the space to be all on one floor, rather than spread out across four floors in their current HQ. “It’s an opportunity to create the kind of space that’s conducive to the way we do business,” Reid said.

The character of Downtown Overland Park, the centralized location, Edison’s food hall and the rest of the new development were other factors that helped with their HQ relocation decision. GastingerWalker is helping MMGY with the build out of their space, drawing inspiration from MMGY’s 9 other global offices. The 32,000 square foot space will have a modern look with a variety of common areas as well as more private spaces. MMGY is awaiting approval from the city of Overland Park but hopes to move in this summer.

The Edison District developers see the Downtown Overland Park project as a suburban/urban hybrid development that adds more of an urban feel to Johnson County, adding amenities that previously were not there. The mixed-use development includes over 100,000 square feet of office, 10,000 square feet of retail, Strang Hall food hall (now open), an outdoor event plaza, and a park; creating a truly walkable community. Click here to read more on Tim Barton’s plan for the development, which will have the office build-out and outdoor portions completed this spring.

AREA’s Mary Crowe & Tim Schaffer represent the Edison District. To download the leasing package, click here.


Sears to Roll Out New, Smaller Stores- First in Overland Park

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Sears will open its first round of a new, smaller store concept next month, with one of the first locations in Overland Park. Called Sears Home & Life, the smaller stores (10,000-15,000 SF) will focus on mattresses, major and small appliances and home services.  It will offer integrated retail services including online purchase kiosks, free store pick up on items ordered online, in-vehicle pickup options, and Home & Life experts available to explore how appliances will look in customers’ homes.

The Overland Park location is one of 3 stores that plan to open over Memorial Day weekend. It will be located in The Fountains Shopping Center, in the former Crowley Furniture space at 119th Street & Lamar Ave. AREA’s Rich DuVall and Joanna Shawver, of The Shawver Group represented Sears in this transaction. Block Real Estate Services LLC represented the Landlord. The other two locations to open that weekend are in Lafayette, Louisiana and Anchorage, Alaska.

To read full articles on Sears’ new concept- Click here for the Kansas City Star and here for The Kansas City Business Journal.

Edison District Approved by the City

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Last week the Overland Park City Council approved The Edison District development in Downtown Overland Park, giving the green light for construction to begin.

Edison District’s five stories will include a chef-driven food hall, outdoor event plaza and 126,000 SF of space available for office & retail tenants.  AREA Real Estate Advisors is representing Edison District in the search for occupants.

Today’s best and brightest are choosing where they work based on where they live. Optimally, they want a location where they can leave their car at home and use that extra time to be more productive. What was only available in downtown Kansas City is now a reality in the heart of Downtown Overland Park with Edison District.

With over 1,000 new residents living within four blocks of the Edison District, a company’s future address can be strategically located to retain and recruit employees in a location that can’t be duplicated.

“We are currently seeking anchor tenants for this one of a kind opportunity in the heart of downtown Overland Park,” says Tim Schaffer, AREA president. “We are beginning to field requests from the professional community about the amenities associated with the project and are confident it will fill quickly and successfully.” Employees working at Edison District will have everything they need, both personal and work-related, including a wide selection of affordable housing options, in their neighborhood and within walking distance.

This District’s future environment is sought out by today’s top talent and is a brilliant way for employers to compete to recruit and retain the area’s top talent.

For more information on the project, visit Edison District’s web site, and watch a drone tour of the site.

For Leasing Information:

OFFICE: TIM SCHAFFER– 816.876.2535