Dunkin’ Donuts among tenants for new retail, office building
A new Dunkin’ Donuts franchise will be among the tenants of a new 7,800-square-foot retail and office building that received rezoning approval Monday from the Shawnee Planning Commission.
The four-tenant building, to be constructed at the southeast corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Charles Street, across from 10 Quivira Plaza, will be known as Stag’s Grove Center.
Kevin Tubbesing, a former Shawnee planning commissioner and city councilman who is developing the project, said Fry Orthodontic and Pride Cleaners would also occupy spaces in the center. The fourth tenant is yet to be announced for the project, for which rezoning from Professional Office to Commercial Highway was sought.
A contractor for the project is also yet to be announced. But Tubbesing said he expects the building to be completed by next June, with tenants opening their doors in August and September. But don’t expect the post-recession floodgates to open for further new commercial development, Tubbesing warns.
“Unfortunately, I don’t know of many other new developments occurring in the metro area, except for major centers like Prairiefire (at Lionsgate in Overland Park),” he said. “Some relatively large money deals have been getting funded and tenants. But getting financing and tenants for small retail and office remain very tough to do.”
Developing Stag’s Grove Center, which will have a construction cost of more than $2 million, “has been a real slugfest,” Tubbesing said. But he’s happy about finally bringing Shawnee’s first Dunkin’ Donuts to town.
According to Tubbesing, his conversation with Dunkin’ Donuts began two years ago in Las Vegas, during an annual International Council of Shopping Centers conference he attended along with Shawnee City Manager Carol Gonzales, council member Dawn Kuhn and Development Services Director Doug Wesselschmidt.
The franchisee, which also operates two Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Overland Park, was attracted by the traffic counts on Shawnee Mission Parkway.
“They also liked the fact that we’re on the breakfast (south) side of the street,” meaning eastbound parkway traffic will be passing right by the store during morning rush hour, Tubbesing said.