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July 29, 2008

Great Mall needs a makeover

Now that Olathe’s Great Mall will have a new owner (7/24, Business), I hope the first thing on the agenda is a thorough makeover.

Between the disorienting casino carpeting and the chaotic jumble of signs suspended overhead, just walking through the mall gives me an instant headache and a sense of claustrophobia. It forces me to get in and out as quickly as possible or avoid the place altogether.

Wondering if it was just me, I’ve asked mall employees. They mentioned similar side effects that they or their co-workers experienced. It’s as if the place was designed specifically to drive away merchants and customers. What a waste.

Olathe residents would welcome a mall. Let’s hope they get it right this time

Donna J. Butler
Overland Park



The Great Mall is the closest thing resembling a good sized mall within ten miles of us, and wow -- what a disaster it is. We moved here 18 months ago from Chicago. I was in the Great Mall once, and that was enough for me. It reminded me of that "Scotch Boutique" bit on an early episode of SNL.

So what happened to it? Did the developers predict more area growth than actually materialized? We really need a good mall down here. Gas prices are killing us.


Add strip joints.

Excuse me, "gentlemen's clubs" I meant to say.

To keep the Baptists happy, throw in a token church or two.

T. Hanson

Add slots.

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