Right now, the three anchor stores in the market are all local restaurants: Chewology, The Roasterie and Topp'd Pizza and Salads. That means they’ve signed one- to three-year leases.
"We have one more under construction, that's Mad Man's KC BBQ. They will be open about mid-December," Chopp said.
But for businesses that are just starting out, there are other options:
Short-term merchant stall: lease of four months up to a year
Pop-up shop merchant: license to use the space for 30 to 90 days
Day-cart merchant: Can be licensed to use daily, $25 Monday to Thursday, $50 Friday to Sunday
Anyone interested in filling out an application for your business can click here for more information.
"That's for people who are kind of just starting and testing things out," Chopp said. "It is to give them an opportunity to get into business, but also gives the city an opportunity to kind of vet them and see how they do."
They’ve also worked closely with the city to create ways for people to move more freely about the space.
Current legislation says you can purchase alcohol at a drinking establishment, but you have to drink it there. You can't walk around with it.
“So, we put forward some legislation that allows for a common consumption area, and the city created that area, which is the blue stars outside," Chopp said.
A common consumption area is defined in Kansas law as an “indoor or outdoor are not otherwise licensed where possession and consumption of alcoholic liquor is allowed.”
"One of the most exciting things about the space is that it's the first common consumption area in Kansas," Chopp said.
Lenexa Public Market isn't done growing yet. Already in the works for Spring 2018 is a season farmers market.