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Ross department store set to open this week in Lawrence


Lawrence’s latest retail chain store is about to make its debut.

Officials with Ross Dress for Less have confirmed that they will hold their grand opening celebration at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The store is going into the location at 3234 Iowa Street that previously was occupied by Old Navy. In other words, it will be in the building right next to Kohl’s department store near 33rd and Iowa.

It looks to me, though, that shoppers will get their first chance at the new retailer on Friday. I drove by the location yesterday. (I bought a $4 tie at Kohl’s after a Sertoma club luncheon created a battle between some pasta salad and the tie I wore to the event. The pasta salad won.) There was a sign on the Ross building that said the store was opening Friday.

I never have been successful in actually talking with a Ross official on the phone, so I don’t know much about why the retailer chose to come to the Lawrence market or why it took it almost a year to open the store once it filed its plans with City Hall.

But they are here now, and according to a release from the company, this will be its third new store in the “Kansas City area” since October 2012. It is opening 20 other stores, in addition to the Lawrence store, this week. Overall, the company has about 1,000 stores across the country, and it bills itself as the “nation’s largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain.”

I don’t know exactly what that means, other than I can probably expect to see a new addition to my monthly credit card bill. But according to the company’s Web site, it carries a large line of women’s clothing, in addition to some clothing or men and children, plus some shoes, accessories and home decor items.

We’ll see whether it carries $4 ties because I’m pretty sure my battles with pasta salad aren’t done. Or with BBQ sauce or with grape jelly or with chocolate pudding or with . . .


bearded_gnome 4 years, 5 months ago

... or with the Farmers' market?

what was decided at last night's meeting?

Naturephile 4 years, 5 months ago

From: Lawrence Farmers' Market Face Book page:

Horray for the City Commission's very thoughtful decision in support of uniting our Tuesday and Saturday markets in the same location, at 9th & New Hampshire! Huge thanks to everyone who turned out to stand in solidarity with us and support this proposal tonight. You made it clear that Lawrence loves its farmers markets, and we want you to know: it's mutual!

Chad Lawhorn 4 years, 5 months ago

Indeed, the city commission on a 5-0 vote agreed to allow the Farmers Market to use the same city-owned parking lot it uses for the Saturday market, which is in the 800 block of Rhode Island Street (although you can also access it off the 800 block of New Hampshire.) There were a couple of concerns from an attorney's office near the lot that the Tuesday market would take too many parking spaces. But City Commissioner Mike Dever has his office next to the lot and said he thought there was enough capacity to handle the market without creating a parking problem. The city, though, will ask US Bank if public parking can be allowed on Tuesdays in its little-used parking lot at the northwest corner of Ninth and Rhode Island street. I tweeted the commission's decision out about 7:30 last night, then got busy with recreation center and rental registration stories and didn't write anymore about it. Thanks for the reminder. Chad

Catalano 4 years, 5 months ago

... or with Rental Registration? Saw an update in the hard copy, but can't find anything online.

Mike Edson 4 years, 5 months ago

Why does Lawrence keep getting discount stores?

bearded_gnome 4 years, 5 months ago

thanks for the update on the farmers market naturephile and chad, it's a good location for the market, as long as it doesn't get any bigger. but honestly, I think a larger place long term is a better plan. and as another poster has argued, south park would be pretty cool.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 5 months ago

I tweeted the commission's decision out about 7:30 last night, then got busy with recreation center and rental registration stories and didn't write anymore about it. Thanks for the reminder. Chad

---you're welcome. despite the hype, most people ignore twitter. too short for thought.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years, 5 months ago

And we have another outlet for cheap chinese crap?? Just wain until we start seeing street signs printed in chinese characters!!!

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