Take baseball. When’s the last time someone that mattered batted .666?
In the case of Merriam, Kansas Big Three malls however it totally sucks. Two out of three – the newest ones, no less – are completely devoid of rent-paying tenants. However in the case of Merriam Village there’s a bit of good news to report. As in the developer finally found someone to replace the Circuit City that half-ass moved in last year but never opened prior to the company tanking.
And the new anchor tenant is…Halloween Spirit!
That’s right, it’s a seasonal deal, so Merriam won’t be making bank for long but at least it’s there.
A visit to the vastly empty, somewhat hidden high on a hill mall, revealed a mostly empty parking lot. ay.
“I mean, I wish ’em the best,” Leap says. “I hope they sell a lot of stuff but I don’t know if that’s a good location because there are no ther stores there and nobody knows it’s open. I mean, they have a sign up, so if you see their sign…”
However the Halloween Spirit manager in Merriam Village assured me the store was doing well, second only to the Halloween Spirit superstore in a former Circuit City just south of 119th Street off Blue Valley Parkway.
Leap went there recently looking for an inflatable to Halloween fly about his nearby Guitar Lamp biz.
Didn’t Leap get busted by the city for that same thing – flying a fake pumpkin – a few years back?
“Well yeah, yeah, Leap says. “But the story on that is they dropped the charges, so I ended up getting un-busted for it. You know, there was an interpretation – I mean, everything is up for interpretation. And there’s an ‘attention-attracting device’ ordinance that a city staff member that’s no longer with the city interpreted to include a holiday display.”