A local strip club will soon shut it's doors, and be taken down by their neighboring business. Kohl's Pharmacy & Homecare purchased the property for Sheri's Show Club on 29th and Leavenworth. The plans are to demolish the building and revitalize the area. The owner of Sheri's Show Club decided to retire and put the property up for sale.
"The smoking laws and the economy is not supporting this kind of business anymore," said Marty Nollett, who's a manager at Sheri's Show Club.
And it didn't take long for the property to sell. Next door Kohll's Pharmacy purchased the land last month, and now Sheri's is approaching their final days.
"We're just trying to make the best of it, and we had a meeting to announce it to all the employees, and we asked for them to stick it out with us until we do close the door. we'll stick it out as long as we can," Nollett explained.
Kohll's, which has been a cornerstone of the Park Avenue community since 1948, will turn their property next door into a parking lot. Pharmacist Vince Jorn says parking's always been a major issue.
"We've shared the parking lot with them for years, and really we needed the parking that's what it came down to, we needed the parking," Jorn described.
But they'll also create landscaping, add a larger storefront to the business, and improve the area's look. Kohll's pharmacy hopes it will create a family friendly environment, and better the neighborhood, dramatically.
"All over downtown things are getting better, in general things are getting better. That would be our part to improve this part of town. and maybe add to it," Jorn said.
For about a 2-mile stretch of Leavenworth near Park Avenue new development and renovations are revitalizing the community A new art studio, offices, Kohll's expansion, and additions by UNMC are improving the image of the neighborhood.
"I think people putting money into it, I think if they put money in it they'll see people in the neighborhoods support them," said Kathie Wilson, who lives in a neighborhood on Leavenworth.
The Midtown Business Association says they're pleased to see a good standing member like Kohll's purchase the property and improve it. Jorn hopes it continues a growing trend in Midtown.
"In Omaha you just build out further west, so it'd be nice to see our city operate more in that fashion where you improve an area instead of just put up something new and further away, spread out our city even more," Jorn concluded.
"It's a good idea, it'd be nice for the neighborhood, I just hope it works out for them," Nollett added.
At the latest, Sheri's Go-Go Club can stay open until September 2011. Kohll's will start work shortly after that.