in the footsteps of marco polo Look who’s joining the list of stores at Nebraska Crossing Outlets
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“We’ll be opening Nov. 15 with 65 stores,” said Rod Yates of Arizona based OTB Destination. Yates is developing the 350,000 square foot mall in partnership with the mall’s majority owner, Frank Krejci of Omaha’s Century Development.
So far, at least 30 tenants have signed leases. They include American Eagle, Brooks Brothers, Chico’s, Gymboree, Helzberg Diamonds, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor Loft, J. Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, White House Black Market and Scooter’s Coffee. Carter’s and OshKosh also will be back. Adidas and Swarovski were advertising for jobs at the mall last month. Highways 6 and 31, was designed by Avant Architects and is being built by Kiewit Building Group, both of Omaha.
More than 300 workers are currently on site, erecting walls, finishing exteriors and interiors, painting, wiring and installing window glass.
The mall will feature software that interacts with customers and eventually more than 70 outlet and factory stores.
“A lot of these stores don’t have a presence in Nebraska, and they view this outlet mall as an opportunity to enter the market,” Yates said.
The new pedestrian friendly mall, which will have an oval racetrack configuration, will allow retailers to cluster near one another. The former 170,000 square foot mall was built in 1993 as a quarter mile strip, a design that did not appeal to prospective retailers. It was demolished earlier this year.
The new mall “is really going to put Gretna on the map,” said Norm Lies, who was visiting the site Friday. Lies said he is considering opening a restaurant at the mall.
Along Interstate 80, five 50 foot tall digital pylons that will advertise the mall are now in place. Two other pylons will greet motorists traveling on Highway 31.
The City of Gretna, which is responsible for several mall related public works projects, recently tapped Omaha based MBC Construction Co. Inc. to repave and reconstruct Melia Road and create a new Nebraska Crossing Drive.
The city capped its direct financial involvement at $4.1 million but will allow developers the chance to qualify for an additional $57 million in tax increment financing and other tax incentives.