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Gateway history

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Some milestones in the history of Lincoln's largest indoor mall

1956: Bankers Life Nebraska (now Ameritas), announces plans for a $6 million shopping center at 60th and O streets.

1960: Gateway Shopping Center opens.

1971: Extended enclosure added, linking Sears store east of the mall to the main wing. More than 200,000 square feet and 4,000 parking spaces are added.

1985: Bankers Life Nebraska sells the shopping center to Jacobs Visconsi Jacobs (later The Richard E. Jacobs Group) of Cleveland.

1995: New J.C. Penney store opens at Gateway, capping another expansion. The retailer had made a temporary home in the former Hinky Dinky store north of the mall.

2000: Montgomery Ward store closes, leaving a 110,000-square-foot vacancy.

2001: Richard E. Jacobs Group reaches a deal to sell Gateway and nine other shopping centers to Westfield America Trust.

2005: Westfield spends more than $45 million on mall renovations.

2012: Westfield announces plans to sell Gateway to Starwood Capital Group.

Source: Journal Star archives.


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