Ward Parkway Center
|Address||8600 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64114
|No. of anchor tenants||2
AMC Theatres 14
|Total retail floor area||800,000 square foot|
|No. of floors||1 (Originally 2 floors)
(2nd floor interior stores
- State Line Level)
(1st floor exterior stores
- Ward Parkway Level)
Ward Parkway Center, Ward Parkway Mall, or Ward Parkway Shopping Center is a shopping center located in Kansas City, Missouri on the Kansas/Missouri border line. The location surrounds the area on the North from 85th Terrace to 89th Street on the South and on the West from State Line Road to Ward Parkway on the East. Once a two floor mall with a food court it now has one floor with the first floor enclosed. The mall itself is currently in a redevelopment phase and has been in business since 1959. Former stores Sam Goody, Gap, T.G.I. Friday's, The Limited, and Winstead's. Ward Parkway Center is the location of the first modern movie multiplex, with its original two screens (since renovated and expanded to 14 screens) still operated by AMC Theatres. Originally a tiny two-screen theater located near Montgomery Ward, later expanded to the new complex.
Ward Parkway Center has been updated inside and out with evidence of more foot traffic despite expansion development and some empty storefronts.
Ward Parkway Center is set to develop the former Dillard’s site — six years after the department store closed. Plans currently call for a 31,000-square-foot, U-shaped addition with six restaurant tenants and a pedestrian plaza, all on south end of the center. The two middle buildings would be 18,000 square feet with smaller tenants on either side. Buildings on the north and south end of the addition would include patios. Legacy Development, which manages the property and is overseeing the development, is in talks with about a dozen restaurants and is focusing on the best tenant mix of four full-service and two limited-service operations. The tenants will be announced during a groundbreaking ceremony in January (2016). 
Chick-fil-A has a pad site outside of Target.
- Target - replaces Montgomery Ward in a new building at the same location
- AMC Ward Parkway 14 Theatres - renovated with leather seats and bar.
Interior Tenants - Inside the Mall
- Bath & Body Works
- Foot Locker
- Starbucks in the mall and also inside Target
- Firehouse Subs
- Five Guys
- Kay Jewelers opened in 2015
- State Farm Insurance
Exterior Tenants - Outside the Mall
State Line Level
Ward Parkway Level
- Trader Joe's - one of two stores in the Kansas City area replaces Staples
- Old Navy
- 24 Hour Fitness
- Ulta Beauty
- Maurices opened in 2015
- Ross Dress for Less scheduled to open in 2016 and will replace Dick's Sporting Goods
- Dillard's - later became Dillard's Clearance Center: closed in 2009 - (Demolished for redevelopment)
- Dick's Sporting Goods - opened Oct. 1, 2000, closed Jan. 4, 2016 and replaced by Ross Dress For Less 
- Staples - (Closed) - replaced by Trader Joe's
- Montgomery Ward - (Closed) - old building was demolished and replaced by Target
- Duff & Repp - a furniture store was there in the 1960s.
- Kline's Department store was there in the 1960s.
- Stein Mart was there from 1994- 2004.
- Woolf Brothers - an upscale clothing store was there until 1991.
- Stix, Baer & Fuller opened in 1973 then became Dillard's in 1984. Building demolished 2013-2014.
- JC Penney was there until 2000.
- Woolworth's was there until 1989.
- Kroger was there until 1974 - became A&P now Traders Joe's.
- Function Junction, a supplier of kitchen tools and gadgets
- B. Dalton Booksellers
- Putsch's Cafeteria
- Wolferman's, a gourmet grocer was there in the 1960s
- Jack Henry clothier was there until 1992.
- The President's Shop, a men's store was there in the 1960s and the 1970s.
- Hobby Lane, supplied model railroad and model airplane toys and accessories
- Smaks, a fast-food hamburger chain local to the Kansas City area until 1984
- The Brothers Fish, a pet fish and aquarium supply store
- Mr. Bulky Treats & Gifts, a candy store: closed in 2011 
- Town Crier
- Bannister Mall - opened 1980, demolished 2009
- Country Club Plaza
- Oak Park Mall - opened 1975
- Metcalf South Shopping Center - opened 1967, now empty and awaiting re-development
- Prairie Village Shopping Center
- Independence Center - opened 1974
- Blue Ridge Mall - opened 1957, demolished 2005, replaced with Blue Ridge Crossing at the same site
- Official Website
- Directory Map
- Ward Parkway Center Location
- Ward Parkway Center will add 6 more restaurants (11-9-2015)
- Ward Parkway Center's new owners see bright future for revamped mall (12-12-2003)
- Ward Parkway Center may sell (5-9-2003)