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 origina l, 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 2000) was refitted with a new Steve and Barry's and Qdoba Mexican Grill.
Bankers Life sold the mall in 1985 to Jacobs Visconsi Jacobs (later The Jacobs Group). The Westfield Group bought the mall in 2001.
In Late 2008 Westfield will host a new kind of sensory experience where for a fee you may enter the store and try many different kinds of personal pleasure devices. The store will be located next to Steve and Barry's and titled Orgazmo's The Vibration.
a different look ; Despite dismal state of economy, Westfield Gateway's J.C. Penney is getting The chain is spending more than $1 million on its Westfield Gateway store.
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