The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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May 26, 2012

Wally Kennedy: Movement on Arby’s — finally?

— If Joplin has an Arby’s again, it most likely will be part of a different franchise operation.

A Louisiana-based group leased the land for the Arby’s at 2130 S. Range Line Road from Ken Chymiak, who lives near Tulsa, Okla. Chymiak said the Nola Group, the company that leased the property and also owned an Arby’s at 2401 S. Main St., no longer has an Arby’s franchise in Joplin.

Chymiak has had the tornado-damaged property on Range Line examined for asbestos by an engineering firm in preparation for demolition.

He is seeking bids for that. The land is for sale.

While that has been taking place, Chymiak said he was unexpectedly approached by a party that wants to buy the property as is. Though it was damaged badly, the building could be restored and transformed into a functioning restaurant again or into something else.

Land immediately west of Chymiak’s property has been rezoned as commercial. That could open the door for a bigger retail box to be built there if someone were to acquire both properties.

In the meantime, you can still dine at the Arby’s restaurant at 1701 S. Madison St., Webb City. It is owned by a different franchise operation.

Latest opening

When I went into Christie’s Toy Box for the first time several years ago, I thought I was going into a toy store. Well, it was that, but the toys, I learned, are exclusively for adults.

The shop reopened in its new digs last week at 2111 S. Range Line Road. Say what you will about Christie’s and the market it serves, but the company has done a fine job of rebuilding. The old building was not well-suited for its purpose, but it worked. The new building is spacious and perfect for the site.

The front door has been moved from the Range Line side of the building to the north side. It’s more discreet.

Speaking of that section of Range Line, the former Pizza by Stout property just north of Christie’s is still on the market. The owner, I have been told, has a standing offer, but it’s a little too low.

It was rumored that Chili’s was interested in the property. The agent handling the Stout property said Chili’s has not expressed an interest in the property.

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