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Will Payless ShoeSource Make a Comeback?

Topeka-based Payless ShoeSource has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and management is geared up for a comeback. In some ways, the retailer, which closed all of its 2,300 North American stores last year, never really went away. It operates 420… more

Senior Housing Advisory Firm Heads to Former Sprint Campus

Seattle-based senior-housing advisory firm A Place For Mom recently signed a lease in The Campus, the new name of the former Sprint World Headquarters site, and its management plans to bring about 600 jobs to the area. CBRE is representing… more

Waddell & Reed Signs Lease to Move Downtown

Waddell & Reed has signed a lease to move its headquarters from Overland Park into a yet-to-be constructed building in Downtown Kansas City, and company management expects construction to start within two months. The plans, forecast for completion in 2022,… more

New CEO Chosen for Four K.C.-Area Hospitals

Prime Healthcare, the Ontario, Calif.-based owner of four area hospitals, has named Mark Benz, who has served as a hospital executive in Arizona the last two years, the area's regional chief executive officer. He replaces Steve Wilkinson, who was in… more

Macy’s Departure To Leave Retail Hole in Prairie Village

About 120,000 square feet of retail space will become vacant when Macy's shuts its doors at Prairie Village Shopping Center. The city's mayor, Eric Mikkelson, announced at a city council meeting that the center's owner, First Washington Realty, told him… more

Hallmark ‘Transformation’ Includes Laying off 400

Hallmark Cards is laying off about 400 employees in its greeting-card, retail and corporate-support divisions as part of what management is calling a transformation in an attempt to adapt to changing consumer preferences. "The way people shop and the competitive… more

Lathrop Gage Is Now Officially Lathrop GPM

The merger of locally based law firm Lathrop Gage with Gray Plant Mooty, of Minneapolis, closed on Jan. 1, and the combined entity is now Lathrop GPM. Lathrop GPM gives both former entities more of a national presence, with 14… more

North Kansas City Hospital Summons Reintjes as CEO

North Kansas City Hospital announced today Stephen Reintjes Sr. would succeed Peggy Schmitt as president and chief executive officer of the hospital and Meritas Health, its physician network subsidiary. He's expected to assume those duties in April,. Reintjes is a… more

Hoping for Hyperloop? Missouri Residents Have Company

Missouri economic-development and community leaders have been pushing hard to land the first U.S. installment of Virgin Hyperloop One, a high-speed transportation platform that could one day send travelers to destinations at up to 700 miles per hour and make… more

Houlihan’s Joining Landry’s Restaurant Empire

Leawood-based Houlihan's + Bar restaurants, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, is being acquired by Landry's, the Houston-based company that owns 600 restaurants, including the McCormick & Schmick's, Joe's Crab Shack and Rainforest Cafe chains, among others.… more