24-hr pet hospital filling open slot in Fountains Shopping Center – Shawnee Mission Post

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A new 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital is coming to a long-vacant storefront in the Fountains Shopping Center in Overland Park near 119th Street and Glenwood Street. 
Veterinary Emergency Group plans to take over the nearly 6,000-square-foot space at 6347 W. 119th St. between the former Sears Home & Life store and a MyHealth at Home store from the University of Kansas Health System.
The space intended for the new veterinary hospital has been empty for years, but it was previously used by a Flexsteel Furniture shop, according to city planning documents

Matt Drozd, of Michigan-based Lormax Stern Development, said at the planning commission meeting last week that his firm acquired the shopping center in 2020. 
At the time, he said there was a 22% vacancy rate in the shopping center, describing it as “plagued historically with vacancy.” Now, the Fountains Shopping Center is 100% leased out.
There’s also been some changeover with the tenants recently, with Sears closing its last local Home & Life store last year and Whole Foods moving down the road to a new building in the Overland Crossing shopping center. Those slots will be filled with a Westlake Ace Hardware and a PGA Superstore, respectively.
Drozd said the Fountains Shopping Center has also gotten some recent TLC, with projects to repave more than half of the parking lot, upgrade the lighting system to LEDs and repaint all of the buildings. 
“We appreciate your upkeep of the center and the improvements and everything that’s gone on there,” Commissioner Radd Way said. “We do know how challenging that is, so [we] appreciate those efforts.” 
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