Laham Development is kicking off commercial development at Andover Landing, which is at the southeast corner of 21st and Andover Road, with the sale of a 65,000-square-foot pad site to Casey’s Retail Co.
The Iowa-based company will build a more than 4,200-square-foot Casey’s General Store with eight fuel islands.
“We really like the area,” says Brian Johnson, vice president of finance. “It just seems like that’s a real nice fit.”
Amy Liebau, a spokeswoman for Laham Development, says there are three other pad sites available for development next to where Casey’s will build.
“We expect to see a lot more commercial activity in the area,” she says. “Once they start moving dirt, we expect that interest will increase.”
Johnson says Casey’s is different than a lot of convenience stores and has a real emphasis on prepared food, especially pizza.
Casey’s serves freshly made pizza, sandwiches and doughnuts at its stores, and Johnson says the chain is in the top 10 of retailers nationwide for pizza and doughnuts. The new store also will have soft-serve ice cream.
Johnson says Casey’s likes that 21st and Andover is a growing area with lots of traffic.
“Suburban and rural towns really fit our business model well,” he says.
Liebau says rooftops and roads are keys to attracting businesses to an area, and she says Andover has lots of both.
In 2012, an 84-unit multifamily complex opened at Andover Landing.
Laham Development’s nearby Cornerstone master-planned development has an elementary school that opened in 2007, and more than 300 of the 500 planned homes for the community have been built since then.
The new Casey’s will make the chain’s 148th store in Kansas.
“Kansas has been a great state for us in general,” Johnson says.
The company has almost 1,900 stores in 14 states.
Johnson says the chain is trying to grow by four to six percent a year. That’s what it did for its fiscal year that ends this month, and he says it looks like the company can achieve that or more in the next fiscal year, too.
“We’re very disciplined with how we grow the company.”
J.P. Weigand & Sons brokers Leisa Lowry and Christi Royse handled the Casey’s deal.
Kansas City-based CP&Associates is the architect on the project.
Construction will start on the new store in the next week or so, and it will open this fall.