Tommy Hilflger opens Tuesday, expanded soccer-arena-themed Adidas store coming in February to Gretna mall

BY REECE RISTAU

WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Shoppers at the Nebraska Crossing Outlets will have new and expanded stores to browse in the coming months.

The retail hub off Interstate 80 in Gretna, which celebrated its fourth major expansion in August, recently announced a handful of new brands.

Holiday shoppers this season will have access to Nebraska's first Tommy Hilfiger store, which is set to open Tuesday.

Adidas is moving out of its current spot and will open an expanded, stadium-themed anchor store — triple the size of the current one — that will feature an adjacent outdoor mini soccer arena with artificial turf, soccer goals and stadium seats.

The expanded store is expected to open in February.

The Adidas expansion will take over space formerly held by a Forever 21 that closed last spring, according to Rod Yates, the mall's developer.

As of Wednesday, Nebraska Crossing Outlets had two 2,000-square-foot stores without occupants, though Yates said negotiations are underway for both. The mall has a 100,000-square-foot waiting list, he said.

"When we get a vacancy, we can back-fill it pretty quickly/' Yates said. In March, western footwear retailer Tecovas will take over the

In August, a 40,000-square-foot combination T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods store marked Nebraska Crossing Outlets' fourth major expansion.

Other retailers that have opened their doors since early summer include footwear makers Sperry Top-Sider and Merrell, and clothing companies Vineyard Vines, Pendleton and UNTUCKit.

The mall is also home to Yates' justdata.com, a data-driven real estate technology company that works with the shopping center industry, which has struggled in recent years as online shopping has grown in popularity.

The mall has two more expansions planned, both of which will be single-user buildings, Yates said. The developer said he can't name the brands involved until leases are signed.

Both buildings are slated to open in late summer or early fall 2020.

Nebraska Crossing Outlets has shown steady growth since its November 2013 opening. It now features more than 80 retailers spread over more than 400,000 square feet of space. Yates has credited some of that success to Gretna's position between Omaha and Lincoln.

reece.ristau@owh.com, 402-444-1127, @reecereports

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