Ulta Beauty will open a 10,000-square-foot store at Nebraska Crossing Outlets as part of the shopping center’s new expansion, the developer announced Feb. 17. It will be the national beauty store chain’s first location in an outlet mall.

“We are happy to have them in the center and proud to be their first outlet center,” said Rod Yates, Nebraska Crossing’s developer.

As of October 2015, Ulta Beauty operated 860 stores in 48 states. Ulta already has three stores around the metro area, in southwest Omaha, Papillion and Council Bluffs, and one in Lincoln.

The Ulta Beauty store — along with a 24,000-square-foot, two-story H&M — will open at the outlet mall this summer, Yates said.

Although lease details have yet to be finalized, Ulta will be on the west side of the mall, across from Pieocracy Pizza and Rackroom Shoes. The H&M will be in the southwest portion, just south of the American Eagle Outfitters Factory Store.

Construction on those two new buildings will probably begin in early March, he said. The new stores are part of a four-building, 70,000-square-foot, $15 million expansion.

On Feb. 16, the Gretna City Council approved a replat of Nebraska Crossing that calls for moving Melia Drive to make room for the new H&M. The plans also call for relocating stormwater facilities, sewer and water mains. These alterations will allow the building construction to begin.

Nebraska Crossing must reimburse the city for all costs associated with the replat before any building permits will be issued, said Jeff Miller, the Gretna city attorney.

“They should move pretty smoothly and swiftly once the weather breaks,” he said.

Construction was held off until after the holiday shopping season, according to Yates.

The Gretna Planning Commission approved the expansion last June. Back then, the plan called for six more buildings.

But plans changed to reflect demand from retailers. Four bigger buildings, each ranging from 10,000 to 25,000 square feet, will appeal more to retailers and are better for the mall in the long term, Yates said.

Two more retailers are in negotiations, he said. The two buildings for those retailers will tentatively be finished in spring 2017.

– World Herald News Service

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