Fair Deal leaves impressive footprints during its opening run

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- It's been about a month since the Fair Deal Village Marketplace opened its doors to customers. We stopped by for a noon-hour look at how things are going and they’re going well.

Jason Keys was on his way to lunch. This was his first visit and he said, “To see it growing and getting back to what it used to be and the positiveness that it brings to the environment is it does wonders for the whole neighborhood.”

It's easy to see that the Fair Deal Café is doing just fine but how about the other businesses here? The Fair Deal Market is right next door.

The Market’s Patric Borden said, "The store is going really well. Customers love the store. They'll come in, tell us how nice it is and they're just glad to have a grocery store in their community."

Terri Sanders is the site manager for the project and told us, “Things are going great. All of our tenants, all of the retailers, are busy. Their products moved very well during the month of December and we have a great start in January."

Trenton Washington doesn't even have his clothing store sign up yet and he already has traffic. “We have some people come through and check it out. It's been pretty welcoming so far, you know, liking the idea if having some new businesses down here on the plaza."

The stores are relatively small and that's a good thing for start-ups like Sharnelle Shelton's Vintage Clothing Store. On a good Saturday she can make the month’s rent.

Shelton said, “It's only a 160 square foot but you can do a lot in this little space it's amazing how unique and different the different spaces look down here.”

Mike Lee breathes new life into old shoes. He moved his business there from his home.

Lee said, “I'm loving it. It's picking up a lot faster than I thought it would be. I'm getting behind a little bit.”

And back to Jason for a review of his lunch. “Great experience,” he said. “Great food, great people, wonderful environment. It was an experience unlike any other. I definitely will be back.”

There are seven shops in the marketplace area. They're open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 6. The café is closed on Monday. The grocery store is open seven days a week.