Gateway Mall (Lincoln, Nebraska)

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Gateway Mall
Location Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Address 5 Gateway Mall, Lincoln, NE 68505
Opening date 1960
Developer Bankers Life Insurance Company of Nebraska (now Ameritas Life Insurance Company)
Owner CBL & Associates Properties
No. of stores and services 107
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 975,000 sq ft (90,600 m2)
No. of floors 1 of retail
Website Gateway Mall

Gateway Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located in Lincoln, Nebraska owned by Starwood Capital Group. It was built in 1960, and is the largest shopping center in Lincoln, with 107 stores.

History[edit]

The mall opened as Gateway Shopping Center in 1960, developed by Bankers Life Insurance Company of Nebraska (now Ameritas Life Insurance Company) at 60th and O streets on land adjacent to its headquarters. It was an open-air mall anchored by Montgomery Ward and local department store Miller & Paine.

An expansion was completed in 1971. Brandeis added a department store, in the unusual location of directly next door to Miller & Paine (typically, mall department store anchors are located apart from each other in separate wings). This project included an enclosed mall corridor and new Sears.

A new wing leading to a JCPenney department store was added in 1995-1996; Penney's had been located in a former grocery store in a strip mall behind the shopping center after moving from downtown Lincoln. The original, open-air mall was also enclosed at this time, with a food court built in the southern end of the Center Court.

A $45 million renovation in 2004-2005 added a new food court and carousel in the Center Court area. The old Montgomery Ward space (vacated in 2001) was refitted with a new Steve and Barry's (which has since closed due to that retailer's bankruptcy) and Qdoba Mexican Grill, among other retailers.

Bankers Life sold the mall in 1985 to Jacobs Visconsi Jacobs (later The Jacobs Group). Westfield Group bought the mall in 2001. In June, 2012, Starwood Capital Group acquired the mall from Westfield.[1][2] The mall is managed by CBL & Associates Properties.[1][2]

In June 2013, several new stores opened at the mall, including Forever 21, which replaced one level of the former Montgomery Ward/Steve & Barry's.[3]

Anchors[edit]

  • Dillard's (3 levels, 158,806 square feet)
  • Younkers (2 levels, 101,760 square feet)
  • Sears (2 levels, 120,631 square feet)
  • JCPenney (2 levels, 125,870 square feet)
  • Forever 21 (1 level, 24,000 square feet)

Former anchors[edit]

  • Miller & Paine (purchased by Dillard's in 1988)
  • Brandeis (purchased by Younkers in 1987)
  • Montgomery Ward (closed 2001; replaced by Steve & Barry's)
  • Steve & Barry's (2 levels; closed November 2008 [1])

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Starwood Capital Group Completes Acquisition of Shopping Centers from Westfield Group.
  2. ^ a b Becker, Robert (photographer) (July 11, 2012). "Gateway new owner". Lincoln Journal Star. 
  3. ^ Olberding, Matt (June 10, 2013). "Forever 21 leads parade of new Gateway stores". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 

References[edit]

  • "Center court centerpiece," Lincoln Journal Star, September 26, 2004.
  • "Gateway's goal to keep shoppers headed east," Lincoln Journal Star, March 6, 2005.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°48′54″N 96°38′02″W / 40.815°N 96.634°W / 40.815; -96.634