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National Retailer Coming Back to Life at Westroads

Rue 21, the teen apparel retailer that went out of business earlier this year, is planning to reopen its store at Westroads Mall. YM, Inc. purchased the brand and will open only 101 of the 540 Rue 21 stores. Westroads is one of those locations. The exact opening date has not yet been announced.- Grow Omaha Staff

New Retailer Opens Downtown

The UPS Store is now open in the former Takechi Jewelry store space in the Keeline Building at 321 south 17th STreet downtown. The historic, 7-story Keeline Building recently went through a $6.8 million renovation. – Grow Omaha Staff

Rally House Plans 4th Metro Location

Rally House will open its fourth metro area store in August at Westroads Mall in the former GO Calendars space by Von Maur on the first floor. Kansas City-based Rally House sells specialty sports apparel, gifts and home decor. – Grow Omaha Staff

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Mutual of Omaha Tower Construction Progress

Mutual of Omaha Tower Construction Progress

Progress continues on the Mutual of Omaha headquarters building at 14th & Farnam Street. As of June 9th, the reinforced concrete shear tower has risen above 15 stories. When completed in 2026, the 45-story, 677-foot skyscraper will be the...

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Omaha-Based Coffee Chain Opens 800th Location in Kentucky

Omaha-Based Coffee Chain Opens 800th Location in Kentucky

Omaha-based Scooter’s Coffee has announced its 800th location, which will open in Louisville, Ky. “Today, here at Scooter’s Coffee, we are thrilled to celebrate the opening of our 800th location,” Joe Thornton, CEO of Scooter’s Coffee said. “With a system comprised primarily of franchise owners, it is exciting to see the brand grow and to see franchisees realize their dream of business ownership. As we now operate in 30 states, we look forward to having more people enjoy an amazing coffee experience with us.” The 800th Scooter’s Coffee drive-thru location is locally owned and operated by Jamie Stapleton and Joshua Johnston. Under the company name iHeartCoffee, Stapleton and Johnston now own and operate eight Scooter’s Coffee locations in the Louisville metro area. Founded in 1998 by Don and Linda Eckles in Bellevue, Scooter’s operates stores in 30 states and has aggressive growth plans. Scooter’s ranked #13 on Yelp’s 2023 list of 50 Most Loved Brands in the U.S. and ranked #2 on...

Omaha Fares Well in Latest Fortune 500 & 1000 Lists

Omaha Fares Well in Latest Fortune 500 & 1000 Lists

The 2024 Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 lists have been released, and Omaha continues to serve as the home of several of the nation’s biggest countries. The iconic listing of America’s biggest companies is now in its 70th year. The 500 companies are ranked by annual revenue and together represent two-thirds of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. Together, the companies amassed $18.8 trillion in revenue, $1.7 trillion in profits and $43 trillion in market value. The 500 companies employ 31 million people in total. Like last year, Omaha hosts the headquarters of four companies in the Fortune 500 and an additional four in the Fortune 1000. That means Omaha has more headquarters than many much larger cities including Kansas City, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Portland, Nashville and others. Here’s the list of Omaha’s Fortune 500 and 1000 companies with rankings and revenue totals: #5 Berkshire Hathaway - $364 billion + #170 Union Pacific -...

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Chamber Business Excellence Awards Take Place June 13

Chamber Business Excellence Awards Take Place June 13

Each year, the Greater Omaha Chamber recognizes dozens of truly deserving businesses with the Business Excellence Awards. The chamber invites the community to nominate those whose contributions elevate Greater Omaha and make it a better place to do business, work and...

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What Tourism in Omaha Looks Like

What Tourism in Omaha Looks Like

Omaha tourism is a major contributor to the local economy. In 2022, 13.5 million tourists visited Omaha, a 6 percent increase over 2021, according to Visit Omaha, the city’s convention and visitors bureau. Of those tourists, 7.3 million were day visitors, while 6.2...

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Transportation

What is the Right Transit Service to Eppley?

What is the Right Transit Service to Eppley?

Welcome to the first transit article for the new Grow Omaha news site! I am planning to write articles on relevant transit issues that cover a wide variety of topics and explain some of the latest activities, especially with the streetcar project as it unfolds. While...

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Talus Brings Comfort Fusion to Papillion

Talus Brings Comfort Fusion to Papillion

The sign went up above Talus’ space in Papillion in February of 2020 and immediately started creating a buzz. A month later, the pandemic stalled plans, and it wouldn’t be until August 2022 until the doors finally opened. Owner and senior executive chef Aron Mackevicious started…

‘Fig’ Shines Bright in the Luminarium

‘Fig’ Shines Bright in the Luminarium

Fig occupies the south end of the Kiewit Luminarium on Lewis & Clark Landing downtown and has separate entrances for museum patrons and the general public. Upon stepping inside, you see a bright, spacious dining area with cascading rows of warm lights and large...

Grow Omaha Flicks

‘The Watchers’ is a Dry Fairy Tale Thriller

‘The Watchers’ is a Dry Fairy Tale Thriller

★ ★ The Watchers manages to take an intriguing concept and make it woefully bland. The performances are wooden, the dialogue is dry and the script relies heavily on characters describing the story in order to carry the plot forward. The film stars Dakota Fanning as Mina…