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Romanelli Shops, a staple in the Waldo and Brookside neighborhoods forthe past seven decades, was sold this week to Nicholas Abnos, presidentof Abdiana Inc., a home furnishings retailer. The shops, located at Wornall Road and Gregory Blvd., have about 25,000 sf of space divided between store fronts and offices.The most notable fixture in the corner shopping center is the RomanelliGrill.

Plans call to keep the grill and the other businesses, according toBrian Kearney, broker for Abnos and owner of Grand Real Estate.”Improvements will be made, but they will be done so in keeping thewith character of the neighborhood,” Kearney told GlobeSt.com. “Mr. Abnos lookedat the entire package being offered by Highwoods (Properties), butdecided that this was the most attractive to him.”

The Romanelli Shops is a part of a 10-property package that HighwoodsProperties put on the market last year. Terms of the sale were not disclosed, but improvements were estimated to cost more than $2 million.Kessinger/Hunter & Co. represented Highwoods Properties in the transaction.

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