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IHOP will open a third restaurant in the Holiday Square mall

A new IHOP site is coming to Topeka.

IHOP Media Relations confirmed to the Topeka Capital-Journal that there will be an opening “scheduled for later this fall” at 3001 SW Topeka Blvd. in the Holiday Square shopping center.

Holliday Square Mall is managed by Kansas Commercial Real Estate Services and offers Arc Physical Therapy, Crunch Fitness, CSL Plasma and more.

Kansas Commercial Real Estate partner Mark Rezac said there was no update on when construction of the new IHOP will begin.

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Currently, the capital has two IHOP restaurants. The first IHOP restaurant at 1731 SW Wanamaker Road and the second at 551 NW US-24, which opened in late 2017.

Development of Holiday Square over the past decade

IHOP has confirmed the construction of a new location in Topeka at 3001 SW Topeka Blvd.  in the Holiday Square shopping center.  IHOP will be in the formerly occupied Capitol City Pawn building.

A $2.7 million renovation for the Holiday Square mall took place nearly a decade ago. Former MD Management managers installed new curbs, updated landscaping, replaced roofs and more. A Community Improvement District was created by the city’s governing body to fund the improvements.

Randy Speaker, former deputy city manager of Topeka, told the Capital-Journal in late 2012, “The Holliday Square CID was chargeable, which means there’s no risk to the city.”

The CID’s move repaid private funding for the project by levying a 1% tax on sales in the mall for up to 22 years.

Since the renovation, Holiday Square has had new tenants and a steady stream of customers.

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The former Salvation Army has been renovated and opened as a Crunch Fitness and Planet Fitness site. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Scooter’s Coffee also opened at the center. Rezac said the three businesses have been huge assets to the property and drive a lot of traffic to the area.

Currently, there remains one vacancy in the commercial area, he said, and developers hope to bring in business that will benefit existing facilities.

“At the moment, we’re just trying to find a retail user or a flexible office user that would really benefit the center.” said Rezac.

Keishera Lately is a business reporter for the Topeka Capital-Journal. She can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @Lately_KT.