Address: 5203 Leavenworth Street
Year Built: 1920
Style: One-Part Commercial Block
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 9/16/2010
Two prominent Omaha citizens, active in the local Jewish community as well as the independent grocery store trade, ran businesses out of this simple, one story brick commercial building for decades. Grocer Ben Newman constructed the building to house his store around 1920 after recognizing the need for such an establishment in the quickly growing suburban neighborhoods of Dundee/Happy Hollow and Elmwood Park. In 1933 he sold the building to fellow grocer Albert Wohlner, co-founder of United Cooperative Foods Stores, Inc., a coalition of independent grocery store owners. Wohlner’s emphasis upon quality goods and service helped the business to thrive, so much so that, in 2008, continued success required a move to larger quarters elsewhere. With a restaurant and coffee shop now occupying the space, the building remains an important neighborhood fixture and testament to the enterprising efforts of Newman and Wohlner.