Overland Park Sears demolition underway on old Metcalf South Mall site

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest known iteration of a development plan for the 97th and Metcalf site, which is the subject of a neighborhood meeting Thursday, Sept. 1.

After several years of vacancy, a chapter is coming to a close for one of Overland Park’s oldest and, for some, most nostalgic structures.

What’s happening: Demolition of the former Overland Park Sears building near 97th Street and Metcalf Avenue has begun, taking with it the last remaining portion of the once prominent Metcalf South Shopping Center.

  • The other half of the Metcalf South site, which once contained a Macy’s and the Glenwood Arts theater, is now a Lowe’s, which opened in 2018.

What’s next: Klover Architects is hosting a neighborhood meeting on Zoom this Thursday, Sept. 1 on the latest plans for the site at 97th and Metcalf.

  • New designs included in the packet for that meeting show that Klover is now proposing a mixed-used development with several pad site restaurants, retail spaces and a roughly 110,000-square-foot athletic club.
  • A previous redevelopment plan called for a 164,000-square-foot office building and 14,000 square-foot daycare center which no longer appear in the latest designs for the site.

Background: After nearly 50 years in business, the Overland Park Sears at Metcalf South closed in 2017 and the site has since undergone several changes in its redevelopment plan.

Overland Park Sears demolition
The Sears building when it was first constructed in 1967. Photo via Johnson County Museum online archive.

A bit of Overland Park history

Sears has been a staple business at Metcalf South since the shopping center first opened its doors in August of 1967, according to JoCoHistory.

  • After many years of dwindling business, Metcalf South was sold and closed in 2014, with the entire structure slowly demolished over the summer of 2017.
  • However, Sears remained untouched and in business until late 2017, as it was technically its own building separate from the shopping mall.

About the author

Nikki Lansford
Nikki Lansford

Hi! I’m Nikki, and I cover the city of Overland Park.

I grew up in southern Overland Park and graduated from Olathe East before going on to earn a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. At Mizzou, I worked as a reporter and editor at the Columbia Missourian. Prior to joining the Post, I had also done work for the Northeast News, PolitiFact Missouri and Kaiser Health News.

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