By: Jenn Hatcher
For five years, the Wilderness Hills lot at 27th and Yankee Hill stood mostly vacant.
Kohl's the lone tenant.
"The economy shortly after that took a downturn and the national people were not looking to expand," explains Leo Schumacher, President of Lincoln Federal Savings, who is the area developer.
Schumacher says things are starting to look up for the budding development.
In November, Tanner's Bar & Grill opened in the plaza area.
Tanner's general manager, Mark Pogge says, "We definitely started out crazy busy and it's consistently stayed the same way."
The restaurants good success should continue.
HomeGoods and Marshalls, next door, will open around May 1st.
The two big stores are just the beginning.
"We probably have eight to ten national tenants that are currently looking at our site," says Schumacher.
Aldi Grocery has already filed a building permit but Schumacher would not release the names of other possible businesses.
Schumacher expects many new shops to open by the spring of 2015.