New shopping center on the way at 90th and West Center

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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 12:00 am

Steel will rise within 30 days at the northeast corner of 90th Street and West Center Road for Loveland Centre, a new shopping center that developer Slosburg Co. said will house upscale restaurants, specialty boutiques and service retailers.

Utility work is underway, with footings expected to be placed within the next week. The expected opening date is the first quarter of 2014.

“It has been our goal to develop a shopping center that is cohesive with the neighborhood,” said Leigh Andres, Slosburg's commercial marketing manager. “We have received a lot of interest, and are working to solidify the best tenant mix for the property.”

Slosburg began purchasing land at the busy intersection in 2005. The recession slowed demolition and construction plans, a company official said last year.

The vacant northwest corner, which the company also owns, formerly housed a miniature golf course and a fast food restaurant. Slosburg did not say what's in store for that land.

A Loveland Shopping Center newspaper ad from the early 1960s.

Generally, though, company officials are looking for businesses already established in Omaha for Loveland Centre and focusing on luring tenants that will be unique to Omaha for the west.

The company demolished the previous structure on the northeast corner, originally named West Loveland Shopping Center after the neighborhood, in late 2011. Developed in the late 1950s by Wilkie Development Co. for about $92,000, it was described at the time as Omaha's second suburban shopping center.

“It was a whole new idea,” developer Vernon K. Wilkie's daughter-in-law Jeanne Wilkie said in 2002. “Everybody used to go downtown to shop.”

When West Loveland opened, it was home to Thull Drug Store, Catania's Beauty Parlor, Shaver's Food Mart and Lay's 90th & Center Cafe, among others.

At the end, the center was home to local businesses such as the Mexican restaurant Senor Matias, which closed after 32 years in business. Frederick Square Barbershop, formerly West Loveland Barbershop, was among the businesses that relocated.

The new center will have 44,000 square feet and feature an updated, brick design.

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