More than a year after Omaha's three Borders bookstores closed, only one has found a new use.
The Borders near 132nd Street and West Maple Road has been razed to make way for a Walmart Neighborhood Market, now under construction and expected to open in the spring.
The store at 72nd and Dodge Streets has changed hands twice, first sold by a Borders subsidiary to U.S. Bank for $1.11 million in March, then sold in June for $3.25 million to an Omaha-based trust in the name of Steven J. Buchanan. Steve Buchanan, president of Bucky's convenience stores' operator Buchanan Energy, did not respond to requests for information about the transaction.
The third Borders, in the Shadow Lake Towne Center in Papillion, has a temporary tenant, Spirit Halloween, as the shopping center's leasing department works with prospective long-term tenants, marketing director Kim Jones said.
“It may end up being the entire space filled, and it could be divided into smaller store spaces,” Jones said. “We're hopeful we may hear of an announcement on the space before the end of the year. I can tell you there's a lot of interest.”
Borders stores nationwide closed in the summer of 2011 when the bookseller went out of business.
TriPointe now a coffee shop and a church
Heather Evenson plans a ribbon-cutting for 4 p.m. today at the TriPointe Coffeehouse in the former Papillion Times building at 138 N. Washington St.
The building is also home to her husband Chris Evenson's TriPointe Baptist Church congregation. TriPointe church, with about 50 regular members, is now meeting in the events hall that's owned by and adjacent to the coffeehouse. The events hall also will be available for community groups to rent.
“Our goal is to just be a part of the community and be a blessing to the community,” Evenson said.
The shop serves coffee drinks made with beans from Beansmith Coffee in La Vista, along with pastries from area businesses, including Drizzles bakery in Bellevue and Eileen's Colossal Cookies.
Pets Earth bakes treats for dogs
Some customers at a new Papillion pet supply store are picking out bakery items they think their pets will enjoy, while others say “these almost look good for me to eat,” said Andrew Bishoff, an owner with his parents, brother and sister of Pets Earth at 8410 S. 73rd Plaza, Suite 105.
Bishoff worked at a competing area pet supply store before going out on his own.
The Pets Earth shop offers the pet-treat bakery, grooming services for cats and dogs, a self-serve dog washing station and pet food with a focus on natural and organic products. Bishoff said grain-free pet food is a growing market, as are pet nutritional supplements. The bakery's offerings include the “bonewich” — two bone-shaped biscuits with a layer of carob in between.
Runza out, Mega Saver in
A Runza and a carwash at the corner of Northwest Radial and Hamilton Street have been demolished to make way for a gas station and convenience store.
The Mega Saver gas station will have at least 12 pumps and a Cricket wireless store, said Farrukh Rakhimov, vice president of the family-owned business that operates Tobacco & Phones 4 Less stores and gas stations around Omaha.
Rakhimov said all the 15 Tobacco & Phones 4 Less locations will be transitioned to the Mega Saver name.
Cricket competes for different customer
Cricket Wireless has opened its first corporate store in the metro, and plans a ribbon cutting for 7:30 a.m. today. The store is at 17011 Evans Plaza, at the southwest corner of West Maple Road and North 168th Street in front of Target.
Cricket previously sold in Omaha only through authorized dealers in more urban neighborhoods; with the new West Omaha corporate store it is aiming for a higher-income demographic.
Cricket is known for having flat monthly fees and no service contracts. Since June, it has been carrying iPhone models.
Fitness center offers personal training
Tim and Ashley Gorham plan an Oct. 27 grand opening for their new Style Fitness & Nutrition fitness center at 15117 Industrial Road.
Tim Gorham said their goal is to help people achieve their fitness and nutrition goals through a program “they can stick with for the rest of their lives.”
The gym has strength and cardio equipment, locker rooms, a group exercise room and a body composition analysis scale. It offers personal training and sells nutritional supplements.
Eateries upgrade, add locations
Panera Bread plans to add a drive-through to its 344 N. Saddle Creek Road location. ... Firehouse Subs plans two new locations, at 721 S. 72nd St. and at 17010 Wright Plaza in the Shops of Legacy. ... Sam & Louie's pizzeria has opened at 1995 Ridgeview Road in Blair. ... The Baker's grocery store at 4405 N. 72nd St. plans more than $500,000 in remodeling, according to city permits.