J. L. Brandeis and Sons

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J.L. Brandeis & Sons, commonly referred to by Midwesterners as Brandeis, was a chain of department stores located in the Omaha, Nebraska area started by Jonas L. Brandeis in 1881.wikipedia
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J. L. Brandeis and Sons Store Building

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By 1905, work had begun on a grander Brandeis flagship store at 16th and Douglas Streets in Downtown Omaha.
Formerly the headquarters location of the Brandeis Department Store chain, it currently holds apartments and condominiums.

Younkers

It was purchased by Younkers for $33.9 million in 1987, when the stores were converted to the Younkers name.
Under Equitable's ownership, Younkers acquired all 11 locations of the Omaha-based Brandeis department store chain in 1987.

Crossroads Mall (Omaha)

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In 1959, Brandeis Investment Co. developed the Crossroads Shopping Center in Midtown Omaha.
Originally opened in 1960 by Omaha's Brandeis department store, the mall has been home to several major chains, including Sears, Target and Dillard's before the store closed in 2008.

Southroads Mall

The simple mall design, connecting the three story anchors by an "arcade level", soon proved to be successful when Brandeis opened Southroads Mall in southern Omaha in 1966.
Developed by the Brandeis Investment Corp., Southroads opened in 1966 with an Omaha-based department store, Brandeis, and J.C. Penney as anchors.

Gold and Company

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Brandeis acquired Gold and Company, a Lincoln-based department store in 1964.
Gold's merged with the Brandeis department store in 1964 and closed in 1980.

Conestoga Mall (Grand Island, Nebraska)

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Locations opened across the entire state, downtown (Columbus and Hastings) and in the malls (Conestoga in Grand Island, Southroads & Westroads in Omaha, and Gateway in Lincoln).
At the time, it included Miller & Paine and Brandeis as its anchors.

Gateway Mall (Lincoln, Nebraska)

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Locations opened across the entire state, downtown (Columbus and Hastings) and in the malls (Conestoga in Grand Island, Southroads & Westroads in Omaha, and Gateway in Lincoln).
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).

Valley West Mall

Soon locations were developed in Iowa, at Midlands Mall in Council Bluffs and Valley West Mall in Des Moines.
The legal battle against Dayton Hudson also led to a delay in signing a third anchor store after Von Maur and Omaha-based Brandeis, as JCPenney refused to sign a lease agreement until the suit was settled.

Brandeis–Millard House

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It was built in 1904 for Arthur and Zerlina Brandeis of the notable Omaha mercantile family.

Department store

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J.L. Brandeis & Sons, commonly referred to by Midwesterners as Brandeis, was a chain of department stores located in the Omaha, Nebraska area started by Jonas L. Brandeis in 1881.

Omaha, Nebraska

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J.L. Brandeis & Sons, commonly referred to by Midwesterners as Brandeis, was a chain of department stores located in the Omaha, Nebraska area started by Jonas L. Brandeis in 1881.

Downtown Omaha

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By 1905, work had begun on a grander Brandeis flagship store at 16th and Douglas Streets in Downtown Omaha.

John Latenser Sr.

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The eight-story building was designed by John Latenser, Sr., and contained retail space on the first three stories and the basement.

Limestone

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The Brandeis building is constructed on a steel frame and is faced with Bedford limestone, brick and terra cotta.

Brick

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The Brandeis building is constructed on a steel frame and is faced with Bedford limestone, brick and terra cotta.

Terracotta

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The Brandeis building is constructed on a steel frame and is faced with Bedford limestone, brick and terra cotta.

Sears

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The mall was also anchored by Sears (which still remains today).

J. C. Penney

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Southroads was designed after Crossroads, but was anchored by Brandeis and JCPenney.

Westroads Mall

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Locations opened across the entire state, downtown (Columbus and Hastings) and in the malls (Conestoga in Grand Island, Southroads & Westroads in Omaha, and Gateway in Lincoln).

Dillard's

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When plans came for a new Dillard's at Crossroads Mall in the mid-1980s, Brandeis executives knew that there was no chance of competition.

Economy of Omaha, Nebraska

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Jobbers Canyon grew as a warehousing center as carriage factories, wholesale houses, and barbed wire factories, along with Downtown Omaha department stores such as Brandeis and hotels such as Hotel Fontenelle.

Westdale Mall

JCPenney, Montgomery Ward, Younkers, and Brandeis signed on as anchors before construction of Westdale Mall began, but Brandeis withdrew from the mall while its store was still under construction.

Temple Israel Cemetery (Omaha, Nebraska)

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Emil Brandeis, son of Jonas L. Brandeis, founder of Brandeis, who died on the Titanic – only his ashes are buried here