Nebraska Crossing Outlets official: 10,000+ shopped on opening day

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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:00 am

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The shopping stampede persisted Saturday, Day 2 of the new Nebraska Crossing Outlets mall near Gretna.

Parking spaces continued to be golden.

Diane Raasch of Lincoln took one of the last available spaces in the easternmost parking lot — Lot H1 — about 11 a.m.

“It's kind of a zoo,” said Raasch, who intended to check out the Kate Spade New York, J.Crew and Tommy Bahama stores with her daughter, Kate Nootz.

Zoo-like conditions meant good business.

Mall marketing director Jenni Mitten estimated that more than 10,000 showed up for opening day. She expected somewhat fewer on Saturday because there were no opening ceremonies and especially because Husker supporters turned their attention to the Nebraska-Michigan State football game in Lincoln.

Nevertheless, even the 70 parking spots farthest away from the mall began to fill at 10:30 a.m. Hannah Brenneman, 19, took one of those.

“At least I got one,” said Brenneman, of Omaha, who shopped with her older sister, Miranda. Miranda said she was delighted it was so busy. The mall has good stores that people like, she said.

“They're doing great,” Miranda said.

Soon, people driving through the mall's lots began asking customers carrying bags whether they were leaving and, if so, whether they might follow them to their parking space.

The mall ran a shuttle service from Gretna for shop employees. Driver Anita Ochoa said demand for the van started picking up about 10 a.m. Ochoa had nine passengers at 11:30 a.m. when a well-dressed woman holding a plastic foam cup of coffee made it 10.

“I'm ready,” the woman said. “Ready to go.”

Click here for a slideshow of the opening of Nebraska Crossing Outlets mall.

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