Retail Wrap-Up: Peony Park Hy-Vee to add convenience store and 8 gas pumps

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Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 12:00 am

Hy-Vee adds convenience

Using those Hy-Vee Fuel Saver points will soon be easier at the Peony Park Hy-Vee. The store, near 83rd and Cass Streets, is adding a 3,000-square-foot convenience store and eight gas pumps.

Preparation work for construction has begun, and the project is expected to be completed by late summer, Hy-Vee spokeswoman Chris Friesleben said.

“It’s more convenient, obviously, for our customers to get their fuel right outside the store,” she said. “Where it makes sense to build one, we’re trying to get them up as quickly as possible.”

Boutique’s anniversary

Garment District, the women’s apparel boutique at the Shops of Legacy, is celebrating its eighth anniversary with champagne, sweets and a free gift with a $50 purchase. The festivities will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Store owner Stacie Mausbach, who grew up in Omaha, lived in New York City from 2001 to 2006, where she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked in a designer showroom. When she returned to Omaha in 2006, she opened Garment District near 169th Street and West Center Road.

The boutique carries a range of styles for all occasions, from classic to fashion-forward.

SBA honors retailer

Green Spot, an Omaha retailer that offers healthy pet supplies, has been named the 2nd Congressional District’s small business of the year.

Green Spot, 1110 S. 71st St, also will celebrate another marker this month as the store expands from 1,300 square feet to 3,300 square feet. The expansion encompasses the former Eileen’s Cookies space.

Officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration Nebraska District presented the award to co-owners Jennifer Haines and Jessica Ellis at a ceremony Thursday. Their store, which they opened in 2012.

The Green Spot was chosen based on sales growth, employee growth, innovation in products and services offered and other variables, SBA officials said.

Haines and Ellis, who met through a nonprofit rescue program, worked with the Nebraska Business Development Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha before launching their venture. Soon after they received loan approval for a small-business loan from the SBA.

“The charts and reports, financial projections and advice they provided were really helpful,” Haines said.

Pet store celebration

Urgent Pet Care, 8419 S. 73rd Plaza, will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a community party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include a raffle for a 39-inch television, a Coleman Travel Grill and gift baskets.

Urgent Pet Care also will host local rescue groups and businesses, including American Animal Hospital, Pet’s Earth and Come Sit Stay. Some animals will be available for adoption.

Pets are welcome and children can enjoy the bounce house, face painting, balloon twisting and other activities.

“We’re excited and thankful that we’ve been a part of this community for a year now and have been able to help our pets and their pet parents,” co-owner and manager Debbie Newhouse said.

World-Herald staff writer Paige Yowell contributed to this report.

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