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Shopping Centers & Malls in The Kansas City Metro - Places We Love!

You don't have to travel the world to find great style and shopping, Kansas City offers a mecca of great shops--even the first outdoor shopping mall started here! These top shopping areas showcase some of Kansas City's most fabulous stores. From charming boutiques, locally owned shops and large department stores, to discount outlet malls and small vintage retailers--you'll find it all here in Kansas City.

The Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri

The perennial end-all, be-all of the Kansas City shopping scene is the Country Club Plaza, located in the blocks surrounding 48th Street and Nichols Road in Kansas City, Missouri. Having celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1997, The Plaza is the oldest shopping center in the country and attracts 10 million tourists each year. Along with some of the country's chic-est fashions and major labels, shoppers will find true Kansas City originals. More than 180 stores fill this 14-block area to make it a one-of-a-kind shopping destination.

Ward Parkway Shopping Center

Ward Parkway, between 85th & 89th streets, Kansas City, Missouri. More than 80 stores; 22 movie screens. Anchored by Dillard's and Montgomery Ward. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm and Sun noon-5:30pm.

Crown Center

Crown Center contains shops and restaurants in a three level retail center, office buildings, a residential community and two of Kansas City's finest hotels, the 731-room Hyatt Regency Crown Center and the 729-room Westin Crown Center, surrounded by parks, fountains and year-round entertainment and events. Without ever leaving the complex, you can enjoy shopping, dining, concerts, theatre and exhibits. Crown Center is located in the heart of Kansas City at 2450 Grand. For more information about visiting Crown Center, call 800-721-STAY.

Independence Center

Just west of I-70 in Independence, Missouri. More than 150 stores. Anchored by Dillard's Clearance, Oshman's SuperSports USA, Jeepers! (for kids), Burlington Coat Factory, and Dickinson Theatres. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm and Sun noon-6pm

Zona Rosa

The Zona Rosa has oodles of retails shops-- many geared toward tweens, teens and young 20-somethings. Look for shops like Forever 21, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Hot Topic, AE, and The Gap. But don't let the teen theme detour you, there are pleantly of upscale retailers like Ann Taylor Loft, Cache, DSW, and Barnes and Noble there as well. Stores are open Monday through Thursday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM , and Sunday Noon - 6:00 PM.w

The Great Mall of the Great Plains

I-35 at K-7 & 151st Street, Olathe, Kansas. More than 100 stores. Anchored by Dillard's, Macy's., and Sears. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm and Sun noon-5:30pm.

Oak Park Mall

95th Street & Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kansas. Largest mall in the metro area with 170 stores and restaurants. Anchored by Macy's, Montgomery Ward, and J.C. Penney. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm and Sun noon-6pm.

Town Center Plaza

119th Street & Nall, Leawood, Kansas. Largest outdoor mall in the Johnson County area with about 50 specialty stores on one level. Anchored by Barnes and Noble. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm Sun noon-6pm.

by Tiffany Lewis, Kansas City Premier Apartments, Inc.

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