Mission battling empty storefronts along Johnson Drive

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you drive along Johnson Drive between Nall and Lamar, you will see one storefront after another sitting empty.

‘For rent’ signs sit in the windows and locks hang on the doors.

“When we first moved in three years ago there were more [opened stores] than there are now,” said Kyle Maggart, who owns Brother’s Music.

The city of Mission has spent millions of dollars improving and beautifying the area.

When asked about the current vacancies, city spokesperson Emily Randel said, “I think you see more than what we would like to see.”

Mission recently approved a luxury apartment complex in the 6000 block of Martway Street. The city hopes it will attract new businesses.

“Any additional population being right there and in walking distance would be supportive of the shops in the area,” said Randel.

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