Opening Weekend for the Outlets

The first weekend is in the books at the new Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall. Shoppers and mall managers are sorting through how things went.

Andrea Kreitzer was one of the shoppers. She waited for Monday in an attempt to dodge the parking crunch, “but we didn't even have to look,” she said. “It was great.”

By all accounts, organizers of the new mall call opening weekend a success. They counted more than 100,000 cars that pulled into the lots over three days. There are 1,600 parking spaces.

Linda Seastedt was out last week and back on Monday because they couldn't carry all the packages. She did notice the hefty tax on the purchases.

“I wondered because I had the 10 percent off coupon and it still came out to the same price. I was like, okay people? Little bit of extra. But that's okay because the prices are cheaper."

As a WOWT 6 News Facebook fan pointed out, the Gretna mall charges 8.95 percent tax. A local option and occupation tax covers the mall renovations and marketing.

On Friday, with a mix of 90 percent women and 10 percent men our camera crew noticed women using the men's room. The mall is addressing the shortage.

Nebraska Crossing Marketing Director Jenni Mitten said, “We've actually opened up a few more. And in our heated dining area that we have set up right now, there are more restrooms in there as well."

Meanwhile, many stores have been scrambling to keep merchandise on the shelf.

Mitten said, "I talked with the girls from Lucky and they're trying to get more merchandise in. It's a great problem to have."

Developers already understand the parking problems. Soon, 400 new spaces will open up in the field on the north side.

Mall management says a mild weekend also helped boost the number of shoppers.

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