Omaha Public Radio News
12:02 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Von Maur re-opens Thursday

Omaha, NE – The Von Maur department store at Westroads Mall has remained closed since the December fifth shootings there. Eight people were killed inside Von Maur before the gunman, 19-year-old Robert Hawkins, took his own life. Von Maur officials announced Monday morning in a news release that the store will reopen Thursday, 15 days after the shootings. In the news release, company President Jim von Maur says "We know that nothing we do will ever erase the pain that was caused that day, yet we remain committed to doing everything we can to support and provide comfort to the victims, their families and all of our associates." Von Maur plans to hold a brief ceremony at 10AM outside the first floor interior entrance of the department store to remember the victims.