Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

Address: 5203 Leavenworth Street

Year Built: 1920

Architect: Unknown

Builder: Unknown

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.

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NR 154 Wohlners Neighborhood Grocery