Ollie Gates begins building another shopping center

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Barbecue giant Ollie Gates of Gates Bar-B -Q is beginning phase-three of his plans to bring economic development to the east side of Kansas City, Mo. Gates is building a new 30,000 square foot shopping center on the southeast corner of 47th and Troost.

"What it really means to me is that progress is being made in the area where I had something to do with it," Gates explained.

The new strip mall is the second strip shopping center built by Gates. The first one is a 15,000 square foot building that opened last fall. At least two businesses are now tenants there.

"Nothing has been rented out; we're doing this speculating and hoping that the transformation of that area will bring some notable businesses across Troost," Gates said.

To make way for the new shopping center, all the tenants in the old building at 47th and Troost will have to move so the building can be demolished.

Covenant Memorial Baptist Church has been a tenant for 26 years. Pastor Darrel Rocker said church members have a number of great memories; but they are excited about getting a new church home and watching 47th and Troost become a vibrant shopping and business district.

"This is great for the city and great for the community," said Rocker. "It's progress and progress makes people happy."

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