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Former FNBO Building Is Now a Preschool

Ivy Brook Academy, a half-day preschool, is opening August 12th in former FNBO branch building southeast of 168th & Giles Road. Ivy Brook started in Charlotte, N.C. and now has 60 locations. The closest existing locations are in Rogers, Ark. and in the Denver area. – Grow Omaha Staff

Progress Happening at 84th & L

The former H&H Chevrolet dealership at 84th & L Street has been demolished. Once all the debris is removed, construction can begin on Food Bank for the Heartland’s $37 million, 105,000 sq. ft. new building. H&H recently moved to the Steel Ridge development near Interstate 80 & Highway 370. – Grow Omaha staff

Blue Hawaii Opens at Aksarben

Blue Hawaii, a new sushi restaurant, has officially opened at 1301 South 72nd Street in Aksarben. The locally owned restaurant is a spin-off concept from the owners of Oma’Oma’O Poke & Sushi at 124th & West Dodge Road. – Nicole Buntgen

Retail Outlet Opens for Auto Detailers

Custom Detail Supply, a division of Custom Dealer Solutions, is opening a new retail store at 14730 Grover Street, just down the street from the company’s warehouse. The company serves professional detailers and Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts. The 1,500 sq. ft. retail space includes an area for videos and detail training. Grand opening is July 20th – Grow Omaha staff

Strong Rental Growth in Multifamily Real Estate Market

Omaha has the 10th highest annual multifamily rent growth among the nation’s major apartment markets, according to CoStar, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate analytics company. As of last month, annual rent in Omaha was up 2.8 percent. While that’s not necessarily good news for renters, it is a sign that the local market is healthy. The highest rent growth occurred in Louisville, Ky. (5.1%). The lowest was in Austin (-5.5%). – Grow Omaha staff

Nordstrom Rack Sets Grand Opening Date

Nordstrom Rack plans to hold a grand opening celebration Thursday, October 24th for its first Nebraska store at Village Pointe Shopping Center in Omaha. The Seattle-based, off-price, department store will open in a 30,000 sq. ft. space formerly occupied by Bed Bath & Beyond at 255 North 170th Street. – Grow Omaha staff

Dunkin’ Donuts Coming to NW Omaha

Dunkin’ Donuts will open soon on the northeast corner of 156th & Ida Street. The store will operate in an end-cap space with a drive-thru, which is part of the 22,030 sq. ft. Waterford Crossing retail strip center. Other existing tenants include Big Red Neighborhood Grill & Sports Bar, Bussey Physical Therapy and several others. – Grow Omaha staff

Funny Bone Comedy Club Moving to Miracle Hills

Funny Bone Comedy Club has signed a lease to move into a 16,270 sq. ft. space in Miracle Hills. Funny Bone will be joined in the new space by Draftcade, an arcade bar and restaurant with locations in Kansas City; Toledo, Ohio; and Richmond, Va. Opening is planned for June 2025. Perkins-Critser Construction recently renovated the center, which is northwest of 114th & West Dodge Road. Funny Bone’s Omaha location is currently at Village Pointe. The Ohio-based company operates 15 comedy clubs in eight states. – Grow Omaha staff

Caribbean Restaurant Opens in North Downtown

Elie’s Chinchorro Caribbean Bistro, a family-owned restaurant that closed in February, officially reopened in a new location at 906 North 16th Street near the Omaha Design Center. Grand opening is tomorrow. The restaurant offers authentic Caribbean flavors like mofongo and Tripleta sandwiches. – Nicole Buntgen

City of Omaha to Grant $2 Million to Improve Commercial Districts

The City of Omaha plans to allocate its final $2 million of American Rescue Plan Act money to seven Business Improvement Districts: Benson, Blackstone, Downtown, Dundee, North 24th Street, North Saddle Creek and South Omaha. If approved by the city council next week, the BIDs would use their allotted share of the money to make security and safety improvements such as new lighting, crosswalk bollards and concrete repairs. – Grow Omaha staff

Southside Terrace Redevelopment Breaks Ground

The Southside Terrace public housing redevelopment project at 28th & W Street is underway. The $35 million first phase consists of a 4-story, 92-unit, apartment building, which will replace two, 16-unit buildings. Thirty-nine units will be reserved for previous Southside Terrace residents. The remaining apartments will be a mix of income-restricted and market-rate units. Another six phases are in progress that will add hundreds more mixed-income apartments, in addition to new community, commercial and retail space. – Isaiah Ang

Insomnia Cookies Opens Blackstone Location

Insomnia Cookies has officially opened its second Omaha store at 3863 Farnam Street in the Blackstone Square. Insomnia’s other location is in the Capitol District downtown at 1101 Davenport Street, Suite 120. – Nicole Buntgen

New Tesla Dealership in Council Bluffs

Tesla is relocating its Council Bluffs leasing and service center later this month. It is currently located near Mall of the Bluffs. The new location will be at 2421 Mid-America Drive, west of the Mid-America Center. Tesla will have a grand opening for the new location on July 19th. – Isaiah Ang

New Popcorn Bar in the Old Market

PaC’s Popcorn & Cocktails has officially opened in the Old Market at 1118 Howard Street in place of previous tenant, The Table Coffee Co., which moved three doors to the west (into the former Stokes space). PaC’s specializes in upscale, gourmet popcorn paired with premium cocktails. – Nicole Buntgen

RV Park Planned Along Elkhorn River

The owner of a property on the Elkhorn River’s western edge is moving forward with a long-planned RV park. The 65-acre project is sandwiched between West Dodge Road & River Road Drive and the river. The developer had planned to develop 111 pad sites, but the city had concerns regarding design and operation plans. The developer resubmitted an application to allow camping on agricultural-zoned property, which the planning board approved last week. The developer now plans 67 pad sites and anticipates long-term tenants will lease the sites on a seasonal basis. – Isaiah Ang

National Magazine Honors 5 Omaha Restaurants

Wine Spectator Magazine has recognized five Omaha restaurants for their outstanding wine programs: Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops, V. Mertz, Dynamite Woodfire Grill, 801 Chophouse, and Sullivan’s Steakhouse. – Nicole Buntgen

Omaha Office Market Among the Nation’s Healthiest

Omaha’s office vacancy is only 7.1 percent, according to CoStar, a real estate analytics company. That means Omaha has the fourth-lowest office vacancy rate among the 40 major markets surveyed. Only Albany, N.Y.; the Inland Empire (California); and Providence, R.I. currently have less office vacancy. The markets with the highest office vacancy are San Francisco (21.2%), Houston (17.2%) and Dallas (16.5%). – Grow Omaha staff

Multi-Family Building Planned for 27th & Leavenworth

Clarity Development Company plans to build a 5-story, 194-unit apartment building southeast of 27th & Leavenworth Street. The layout includes 56 studio, 115 one-bedroom and 23 two-bedroom apartments. The planning board this week approved rezoning the site to a transit-oriented designation allowing for reduced parking ratios. The first floor will have 127 indoor parking stalls. An existing building at 810 South 26th Street will house an additional 12 parking stalls. – Isaiah Ang

New Bar Opening in the Old Market

A company called Shammy’s Pub and Grill has registered with the state of Nebraska to establish a restaurant and bar at 414 South 10th Street in the former Gate 10 location (previously known as Stadium Club). The Old Market spot is just west of Embassy Suites. – Nicole Buntgen

Jamba Opens First Nebraska Location

Jamba has opened its first Nebraska location in the former Scarlett Highway space at Nebraska Crossing. Jamba shares the space with Auntie Anne’s which had been in a different bay. Jamba sells fruit and vegetable smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices and some food items. The Atlanta-based chain has 764 stores in 36 states. The closest existing locations are in Minneapolis, Iowa City, Iowa and Wichita, Kan. – Grow Omaha staff

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Former FNBO Building Is Now a Preschool

Ivy Brook Academy, a half-day preschool, is opening August 12th in former FNBO branch building southeast of 168th & Giles Road. Ivy Brook started in Charlotte, N.C. and now has 60 locations. The closest existing locations are in Rogers, Ark. and in the Denver area. - Grow Omaha Staff

Progress Happening at 84th & L

The former H&H Chevrolet dealership at 84th & L Street has been demolished. Once all the debris is removed, construction can begin on Food Bank for the Heartland’s $37 million, 105,000 sq. ft. new building. H&H recently moved to the Steel Ridge development near Interstate 80 & Highway 370. – Grow Omaha staff

Blue Hawaii Opens at Aksarben

Blue Hawaii, a new sushi restaurant, has officially opened at 1301 South 72nd Street in Aksarben. The locally owned restaurant is a spin-off concept from the owners of Oma’Oma’O Poke & Sushi at 124th & West Dodge Road. – Nicole Buntgen

Retail Outlet Opens for Auto Detailers

Custom Detail Supply, a division of Custom Dealer Solutions, is opening a new retail store at 14730 Grover Street, just down the street from the company’s warehouse. The company serves professional detailers and Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts. The 1,500 sq. ft. retail space includes an area for videos and detail training. Grand opening is July 20th – Grow Omaha staff

Strong Rental Growth in Multifamily Real Estate Market

Omaha has the 10th highest annual multifamily rent growth among the nation’s major apartment markets, according to CoStar, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate analytics company. As of last month, annual rent in Omaha was up 2.8 percent. While that’s not necessarily good news for renters, it is a sign that the local market is healthy. The highest rent growth occurred in Louisville, Ky. (5.1%). The lowest was in Austin (-5.5%). – Grow Omaha staff

Nordstrom Rack Sets Grand Opening Date

Nordstrom Rack plans to hold a grand opening celebration Thursday, October 24th for its first Nebraska store at Village Pointe Shopping Center in Omaha. The Seattle-based, off-price, department store will open in a 30,000 sq. ft. space formerly occupied by Bed Bath & Beyond at 255 North 170th Street. - Grow Omaha staff

Dunkin’ Donuts Coming to NW Omaha

Dunkin' Donuts will open soon on the northeast corner of 156th & Ida Street. The store will operate in an end-cap space with a drive-thru, which is part of the 22,030 sq. ft. Waterford Crossing retail strip center. Other existing tenants include Big Red Neighborhood Grill & Sports Bar, Bussey Physical Therapy and several others. - Grow Omaha staff

Funny Bone Comedy Club Moving to Miracle Hills

Funny Bone Comedy Club has signed a lease to move into a 16,270 sq. ft. space in Miracle Hills. Funny Bone will be joined in the new space by Draftcade, an arcade bar and restaurant with locations in Kansas City; Toledo, Ohio; and Richmond, Va. Opening is planned for June 2025. Perkins-Critser Construction recently renovated the center, which is northwest of 114th & West Dodge Road. Funny Bone’s Omaha location is currently at Village Pointe. The Ohio-based company operates 15 comedy clubs in eight states. – Grow Omaha staff

Caribbean Restaurant Opens in North Downtown

Elie’s Chinchorro Caribbean Bistro, a family-owned restaurant that closed in February, officially reopened in a new location at 906 North 16th Street near the Omaha Design Center. Grand opening is tomorrow. The restaurant offers authentic Caribbean flavors like mofongo and Tripleta sandwiches. – Nicole Buntgen

City of Omaha to Grant $2 Million to Improve Commercial Districts

The City of Omaha plans to allocate its final $2 million of American Rescue Plan Act money to seven Business Improvement Districts: Benson, Blackstone, Downtown, Dundee, North 24th Street, North Saddle Creek and South Omaha. If approved by the city council next week, the BIDs would use their allotted share of the money to make security and safety improvements such as new lighting, crosswalk bollards and concrete repairs. - Grow Omaha staff

Southside Terrace Redevelopment Breaks Ground

The Southside Terrace public housing redevelopment project at 28th & W Street is underway. The $35 million first phase consists of a 4-story, 92-unit, apartment building, which will replace two, 16-unit buildings. Thirty-nine units will be reserved for previous Southside Terrace residents. The remaining apartments will be a mix of income-restricted and market-rate units. Another six phases are in progress that will add hundreds more mixed-income apartments, in addition to new community, commercial and retail space. - Isaiah Ang

Insomnia Cookies Opens Blackstone Location

Insomnia Cookies has officially opened its second Omaha store at 3863 Farnam Street in the Blackstone Square. Insomnia’s other location is in the Capitol District downtown at 1101 Davenport Street, Suite 120. - Nicole Buntgen

New Tesla Dealership in Council Bluffs

Tesla is relocating its Council Bluffs leasing and service center later this month. It is currently located near Mall of the Bluffs. The new location will be at 2421 Mid-America Drive, west of the Mid-America Center. Tesla will have a grand opening for the new location on July 19th. – Isaiah Ang

New Popcorn Bar in the Old Market

PaC’s Popcorn & Cocktails has officially opened in the Old Market at 1118 Howard Street in place of previous tenant, The Table Coffee Co., which moved three doors to the west (into the former Stokes space). PaC’s specializes in upscale, gourmet popcorn paired with premium cocktails. - Nicole Buntgen

RV Park Planned Along Elkhorn River

The owner of a property on the Elkhorn River’s western edge is moving forward with a long-planned RV park. The 65-acre project is sandwiched between West Dodge Road & River Road Drive and the river. The developer had planned to develop 111 pad sites, but the city had concerns regarding design and operation plans. The developer resubmitted an application to allow camping on agricultural-zoned property, which the planning board approved last week. The developer now plans 67 pad sites and anticipates long-term tenants will lease the sites on a seasonal basis. – Isaiah Ang

National Magazine Honors 5 Omaha Restaurants

Wine Spectator Magazine has recognized five Omaha restaurants for their outstanding wine programs: Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops, V. Mertz, Dynamite Woodfire Grill, 801 Chophouse, and Sullivan’s Steakhouse. – Nicole Buntgen

Omaha Office Market Among the Nation’s Healthiest

Omaha’s office vacancy is only 7.1 percent, according to CoStar, a real estate analytics company. That means Omaha has the fourth-lowest office vacancy rate among the 40 major markets surveyed. Only Albany, N.Y.; the Inland Empire (California); and Providence, R.I. currently have less office vacancy. The markets with the highest office vacancy are San Francisco (21.2%), Houston (17.2%) and Dallas (16.5%). – Grow Omaha staff

Multi-Family Building Planned for 27th & Leavenworth

Clarity Development Company plans to build a 5-story, 194-unit apartment building southeast of 27th & Leavenworth Street. The layout includes 56 studio, 115 one-bedroom and 23 two-bedroom apartments. The planning board this week approved rezoning the site to a transit-oriented designation allowing for reduced parking ratios. The first floor will have 127 indoor parking stalls. An existing building at 810 South 26th Street will house an additional 12 parking stalls. - Isaiah Ang

New Bar Opening in the Old Market

A company called Shammy’s Pub and Grill has registered with the state of Nebraska to establish a restaurant and bar at 414 South 10th Street in the former Gate 10 location (previously known as Stadium Club). The Old Market spot is just west of Embassy Suites. - Nicole Buntgen

Jamba Opens First Nebraska Location

Jamba has opened its first Nebraska location in the former Scarlett Highway space at Nebraska Crossing. Jamba shares the space with Auntie Anne’s which had been in a different bay. Jamba sells fruit and vegetable smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices and some food items. The Atlanta-based chain has 764 stores in 36 states. The closest existing locations are in Minneapolis, Iowa City, Iowa and Wichita, Kan. - Grow Omaha staff