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Signs of new business coming to O'Connell


A new grocery store is not on the way, but the first signs of commercial development at 23rd and O’Connell may soon become visible. City Hall staff members currently are processing a request by Lawrence businessman Bill Newsome that would allow his development group to begin building a new road to serve commercial development at the intersection. The road would be just south of Kansas Highway 10 and east of O’Connell Road. Newsome said his development group is close to signing its first tenant for the new commercial area, which is zoned to allow up to 200,000 square feet of new commercial development. But Newsome said the new tenant is not a grocery store, although that remains atop his wish list for the intersection. Newsome declined to identify the business since a lease had not yet been signed. He said the tenant would be a mix between a service and retail business. “With the layout the way it is out there, no matter the size of the first tenant, we have to put in the whole road,” Newsome said. He hopes that building the road — which would be paid for entirely by the development group — will spur other businesses to look at the intersection. Road construction, if approved by the City Commission, would occur later this year. “There is a need for certain retail services out there to serve the immediate neighborhood and a little bit broader area,” Newsome said. Newsome, along with Lawrence developer Doug Compton, also owns the land surrounding the under-construction Wal-Mart store at Sixth and Wakarusa. Newsome said there was no news to report on potential businesses that could locate on the several lots adjacent to the store. Newsome said the national economy has slowed potential deals. “At the end of the day, we’ll have good solid users out there,” Newsome said. “When it is built out, at least part of it will be with restaurants.”So, what’s on your wish list for either intersection?


Alia Ahmed 9 years, 5 months ago

A grocery store would be great out east!

Nikki May 9 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, my wish list is a grocery store. I'll take a HyVee please. More food places might be nice, but I won't stop going to set 'em up jacks.

lindad 9 years, 5 months ago

for SE: Grocery store definitely - Hy-Vee would be great A motel& For eats: American food - family dining - buffetfor Lawrence in general: Red Lobster!!!!!

Steve Jacob 9 years, 5 months ago

Funny that the strip malls in E. Lawrence are full or close to it, like 23ed and Harper, 23ed and Haskell, and 19th and Haskell.

SMe 9 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like the possible first tenant is a Gas/Food stop.I hope not 'cause Lawrence really doesn't need too many more of them.

Nikki May 9 years, 5 months ago

We already have a kwikshop on 23rd and harper (with a gas station across from there) and down a bit is the one that used to be kicks 66, I think it's conoco 66 now, and then on 23rd and haskell we have quik trip and that one station that is now called come and go. We HAVE convenience stores over here.

howie1 9 years, 5 months ago

I would like to see an OLIVE GARDEN that place is the best. I drive to topeka or kansas city just to eat there because the italian restaurants that are in lawrence just are not that good

Alia Ahmed 9 years, 5 months ago

Well, Z's is at 23rd and Harper and people seem to like their coffee and it has a drive through.

schula 9 years, 5 months ago

A grocery store Hy-Vee or Price Chopper would be great!

gccs14r 9 years, 5 months ago

Do Compton and Newsome own every empty parcel of land in this town?

bearded_gnome 9 years, 5 months ago

Put Naughty But Nice there.---they said it'll be service and retail combined, so there ya' go.***Olive Garden, check. Der Wienerschnitzel, too. put a motel out there? kinda strange unless it was a no-tell-motel type.

Tony Kisner 9 years, 5 months ago

RI - I will let you in on the ground floor of my best business idea. You are close, but think of the possibilities...Shooting range/hardware store/strip joint/(Red Lobster?)No guy would ever leave. As a nod to the East Side we could partner with Set'em up Jacks and call it Shoot'em up Jim's.

someoneelse 9 years, 5 months ago

A grocery store would be great, but so would a department store. I vote for a SuperCenter.

gccs14r 9 years, 5 months ago

If you want to live in a suburban wasteland, Olathe is a half-hour away. There's no need to bring it here.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 5 months ago

Shooting range/hardware store/strip joint/(Red Lobster?)scantily clad waitresses/barmaids, serving booze. just build the walls with a little extra lining! "Shoot 'em up Jim's," yeah! guns for sale or rent, knives too. automatic weapons in the back.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 5 months ago

Monday: Senior's night/happy hourtuesday: poetry slam [not to be confused with rap music]wednesday: ladies' night, wet T-shirt contestthursday: two-for-one burger night;friday: rap music appreciation night, rap-offSaturday: squaredancingSunday: two-for-one beersI think "Shoot 'em up Jim's could really be a going concern. 50% off admission/cover charge if: you're wearing a zebra-print coat. and 20% off your admission if you're accompanied by at least one skanky broad. special Valet parking.

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