A new retail strip center soon will take shape south of 204th and Pacific Streets.
Scooter’s Coffee and Great Clips have signed leases as tenants in the planned 12,400-square-foot center, said Brad Gosch, owner and chief financial officer of developer and builder G&S Inc.
The center will have about eight retail bays, and G&S is in negotiations with three other tenants.
Construction should begin in a few weeks, and the goal is to have all the stores open by the end of the year.
“Typically no one wants to be the first in” an area, said Gosch, who lives nearby. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me how excited they are for something to go there.”
He expected a restaurant to be at least one of the tenants. “Once people see (the footings),
they’ll know it’s real. Especially restaurants will be knocking on our door.”
First Watch acquires Egg & I; no changes planned locally
Breakfast and lunch chain First Watch has acquired competitor the Egg & I, but the chains’ Omaha operators said no changes are expected at the restaurants locally.
The concepts will be kept separate, and no changes are immediately planned, said Greg Cutchall of Cutchall Management, which owns the only First Watch in Omaha, near 72nd and Pacific Streets.
“They have franchise agreements, I have franchise agreements and it’s our choice if we want to continue as our own brand,” Cutchall said.
First Watch, based in University Park, Florida, has 267 restaurants in 26 states. It also operates 20 restaurants under the Good Egg name and one Bread & Company restaurant in Nashville, in addition to the newly acquired 114 Egg & I restaurants.
Cutchall has experienced a similar merger as the owner of the Paradise Bakery & Cafe in Omaha, which was bought about five years ago by Panera Bread. That merger limited his ability to open more Paradise Bakery restaurants in Omaha.
“I understand why the company did it; it’s a great way to grow. They bought a great brand in Egg & I, but there always seems to be some conflicts. ... From that standpoint it’s not a good thing, as a franchisee,” Cutchall said.
Brett Weis, owner of the seven Nebraska Egg & I restaurants, including four in the Omaha area, also said the restaurants will continue operating as they have been.
Tom Osborne will talk and walk at fitness center’s reopening
You could win a walk with former Husker Football Coach Tom Osborne around Lakeside Park at DeVetter Fitness’ grand reopening Saturday.
The training center at 2525 S. 174th Plaza recently underwent an expansion, doubling in size to about 2,500 square feet. The center also added new flooring, a bathroom, showers and new fitness equipment, owner Chas DeVetter said.
A ribbon-cutting will be held at about 12:40 p.m. Saturday, DeVetter said, and Osborne will speak at about 1 p.m. about health, wellness and his TeamMates mentoring program.
DeVetter also will host free training classes in the morning, family activities such as a balloon artist and some vendors. The walk with Osborne will be part of a silent auction, with all proceeds going to TeamMates.
Space is limited for Osborne’s appearance. To register for the free classes and to attend, email email@example.com.
Athletes’ Training Center opens in Papillion
Athletes’ Training Center is now open at Midlands Place near 84th Street and Highway 370 in Papillion.
The center, which offers sports physical therapy and specialized physical training, occupies about 10,000 square feet at the shopping center.
A grand opening is planned for July.
Cabela’s plans Outdoor Adventure Day on June 13
Cabela’s plans its fourth annual Outdoor Adventure Day at all its stores, including the La Vista location, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13. The event includes outdoor activities and demonstrations of target shooting, archery, fishing and camping.
The event is held in partnership with the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and its Trailblazer Adventure Program, which provides opportunities for youths to get involved in outdoor sports.