Restaurant & Retail Updates
Not Your Average Cookies – Gourmet cookie retailers are increasingly popular nationally and locally. Salt Lake City-based Goodly Cookie has opened its first location outside of Utah in Village Pointe next to Kendra Scott. This renowned cookie retailer offers late-night cookie delivery.
Meanwhile, Fort Collins, Colo.-based Mary’s Mountain Cookies is opening a second Omaha location near 180th & Q Street next to Javi’s Tacos. Mary’s Mountain Cookies are billed as the “home of the quarter-pound cookie.” The company has 14 locations in eight states. The existing Omaha store is in Rockbrook Village.
Upscale in Downtown Elkhorn – A chic-looking wine bar to be called Main Street Cellar is planned for a currently unremarkable-looking building at 2714 Main Street in Olde Town Elkhorn. Architectural renderings indicate that the building will be dramatically renovated. Main Street Cellar will feature wine by the glass or bottle, charcuterie boards, wine lockers, a membership program and a three-season, roof-top patio. Main Street Cellar will be a “sister location” of Pacific Cellars at 17919 Pierce Plaza.
It’s Time to Grow – Bartholomew Restaurant Holdings is looking for additional locations for its Over Easy restaurant. The original Over Easy is at 16859 Q Street and is a popular breakfast and lunch spot. Over Easy has been looking at Countryside Village and other areas for a possible second store. If you want some insight into the Omaha restaurant scene, listen to our recent interview with local restaurant entrepreneur Nick Bartholomew, owner of Over Easy, by clicking HERE.
What About the Painted Street Shamrock? – New owners plan to bring back an old Omaha classic – the Marylebone Pub at 3710 Leavenworth Street which closed in March of 2020.
Feeling Good While Looking Good – Edens Preserve has opened at One Pacific Place near Regency Parkway and Pacific Street. The store sells all-natural and eco-friendly skincare, cosmetics, hair products and home essentials.
Like It Never Happened – uBreakiFix has opened at 14919 West Maple Road in the West Greyhawk center. The electronics repair shop works on phones, tablets and computers. uBreakiFix has more than 600 locations in North America including several existing locations in the Omaha area.
The Big Story
Photo courtesy of MCL Construction, which served as construction manager and general contractor for the Munroe-Meyer Institute.
Munroe-Meyer Institute Brings 550 Employees to New Home in Aksarben
The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute held a ribbon cutting this week for its $90 million new home at 69th & Pine Street in a former First Data Resources office building in the Aksarben area.
Founded in 1919, Munroe-Meyer Institute’s mission is “to be a world leader in transforming the lives of all individuals with disabilities and complex health care needs, their families and the community through outreach, engagement, premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care.”
Munroe-Meyer employs 550 employees and receives more than 80,000 patient visits per year. The number is expected to expand with the new building.
By moving to the four-story, 220,000 sq. ft. building, Munroe-Meyer has left its longtime home near Saddle Creek Road and Farnam Street on the main UNMC campus and has become part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Scott Campus. The Institute’s new neighbors include the Peter Kiewit Institute, Mammel Hall and the Scott Technology Center.
The Institute’s former building is expected to be razed. The land is earmarked for UNMC’s $2.7 billion Project NExT, an all-hazards federal response facility and state-of-the-art hospital that would create 8,700 new jobs.
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The Steel Ridge development northeast of Interstate 80 and Highway 370 already has a couple of car dealerships, and now another one is on the way. H&H Chevrolet is expected to begin construction soon on a 64,000 sq. ft. building at 10801 South 150th St. Another building will be constructed concurrently on the same site for H&H Recorp.
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Asian Highlands exhibit as been ranked as the Best Zoo Exhibit for 2021 according to the USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards. The Asian Highlands exhibit takes visitors on a simulated path through the southern foothills of the Himalayans where they observe Indian rhinos, red pandas, leopards and tigers. Overall, the Henry Doorly Zoo ranked third among all zoos.
Lime is placing 500 electric Scooters in Omaha for public use but will increase that number to 1,000 during the College World Series later this month.
A View West Shores is nearing completion at 243rd and West Dodge Road on the banks of West Shores Lake. The 45,000 sq. ft. meeting and event facility also has room for a restaurant or retailer. It is the first commercial building in the 20-year-old West Shores development.
Tracy Earnest and Gabrielle Estivo of NAI NP Dodge brokered the recently closed sale of an iconic Old Market building at 1115 Harney Street. The four-story, 21,736 sq. ft. building has 20 apartment units on the upper floors. The ground-level space was home to renowned wildlife photographer Thomas D. Manglesen’s gallery and retail store for 15 years. The new owner has not announced plans for the building.
Building Omaha. A partnership between IBEW & NECA, is building a 24,000 sq. ft. addition to its electrical training center at 8960 L Street. Once completed late this year, the expanded training center will be able to accommodate 540 students. Omaha is facing a critical shortage of electricians and other skilled trades workers.
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Local Business News
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Prospera Technologies, an agricultural technology company recently acquired by Omaha-based Valmont Industries Inc., announced that Gartner has recognized the company in its report, “Cool Vendors in AI for Computer Vision.” Gartner Cool Vendor research is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services.
Verizon is planning to expand its local technology facility at 4002 South 149th Circle by adding 7,000 sq. ft. for a new switch room and other electrical functions.
Gov. Pete Ricketts recently signed a law allowing permanent take-out alcohol sales. Ricketts had issued an executive order in the early days of the pandemic temporarily allowing carry-out sales as a way to help the struggling restaurant and bar industry.
Omaha-Based Scoular has created a new division to lead its businesses in the early stages of development and to serve as an incubator for strategic investment opportunities. Scoular senior vice president Ed Prosser will lead the new division, called “Emerging Businesses.”
Grow Omaha co-founder Jeff Beals in conjunction with the Greater Omaha Chamber will present an in-person strategic networking workshop Thursday, June 24th from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. The event will take place at The House of R located at 911 South 87th Avenue in Countryside Village. Registration and details are available HERE.
The Commercial Real Estate Summit is offering a one-hour webinar presented by the presidents of seven local CRE firms on Thursday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. Continuing education credits are available for real estate brokers, attorneys and insurance professionals. You can register HERE.
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People in the News
Samantha Estivo has joined NAI NP Dodge as a commercial real estate broker, providing comprehensive brokerage services for office, retail, industrial, multi-family and investment properties. A native of Wichita, Kan., Estivo recently graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a BSBA in Real Estate, Legal Studies and Management.
Martina Miemeyer has been named as Omaha market president for Center Sphere, an Omaha-based company which provides business networking services in 18 states.
Robert Pettigrew has been appointed as vice president of service in workplace solutions at Mutual of Omaha. Pettigrew joined Mutual of Omaha in 2008 as a senior business project manager. He has held various leadership roles within customer service and was promoted to director of operations in workplace solutions in 2013.
Chad Collins has been named as COO at Berry Law. He most recently served as a legal executive for global law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Mayor Jean Stothert has appointed Thomas Warren, Sr. as her new chief of staff. Warren has been serving as CEO of the Urban League of Nebraska and was once Omaha’s chief of police.
Justin Vala has been named senior vice president, engineering and construction at Tenaska. This change in leadership follows the retirement of Nick Borman, who had overseen the company’s engineering function since 2012.
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