Chinese fast-food chain opening another Johnson County location. Here’s when and where

Construction has begun on Chinese fast-food chain Panda Express’ newest Johnson County location — and the company has now announced a tentative opening date.

The restaurant, approved by the city of Overland Park earlier this year, is being built at 15890 Metcalf Ave., next to Walmart.

Panda Express hopes to have the new location ready by April 9.

The California-based chain’s menu items include orange chicken, fried rice and Beijing beef. The company has more than a dozen locations across the metro, including in Shawnee at 12160 Shawnee Mission Parkway, in Overland Park at 9090 Metcalf Ave. and in Olathe at 11996 Strang Line Road.

The intersection at 159th and Metcalf has been a prime spot for development lately. Most recently, the city approved rezoning for the 40-acre Metcalf Village in August, where developers plan to put up 11 buildings with residential and commercial space.

Earlier this year, a Taco Bell and a Scooter’s Coffee opened on the northeast corner of the intersection.