It's official! The brand new Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall in Gretna is now open to the public.
City leaders and the developer, Rod Yates, gathered Friday morning to cut the ribbon and welcome the public to the facility. To celebrate the grand opening, numerous prizes are being given away.
There are 1,600 parking spots total for employees and shoppers.
Thousands of shoppers explored the new mall when the doors opened Friday. They’d been waiting months for this chance.
Lines at some stores were long. The Coach store opened its doors to Heather and Emily who were first in line, waiting since 6:30.
Steve Hatch was also in that line but it was an arrangement made by his spouse.
“Here with my wife,” he said. They were actually in town to visit their son and daughter-in-law but they, “heard this was open so we came out this morning for the grand opening.” Steve said he didn’t plan to actually go in. “I'm gonna bail,” he said.
Women dominated the crowd for Friday’s opening and that pointed out a debut bug. There weren’t enough restrooms to meet the demand. The crowd commandeered a men’s room for an opening day solution.
There were lines to get into the mall and lines to get into the stores all day long on Friday. Some of the shoppers might even wind up in a commercial. Media Productions of Austin, Texas was using a drone to take pictures.
Andrzej Mrotek told us, "We're doing some promotional commercials and videos for Nebraska Crossing Outlet and we're incorporating aerial helicopter shots through the mall which has never been done to my knowledge.”
Right now, no commercials are needed. Thousands of cars made their way to the mall. And parking? Well, it was just tough to find a parking place.
Maridee Kirchner said, “It wasn't good. It was awful. It was crazy and everybody just parked anywhere.”
Stacie Kuhlmann said, “I went all the way down and I tried to get back around and I just parked up on the curb somewhere. I came in the back way. I sat in line forever then I watched people stopping and parking. Then I came over here and ended up parking pretty close. Found my spot.” It took her 15 to 20 minutes.
Once you find a place to park, you'll find all sorts of national name stores. The Borsheim's brand represents Omaha.
The restaurants will be open soon and developers are talking about easing the parking problems by setting up a shuttle service that will run from Gretna to the mall.
Developers are happy with the ways things are going so far and they say things will get better.