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November 13, 2012

Lakeshore® Learning Store Opens Its Doors in Nebraska
Leading Educational Retailer Opens at Westwood Plaza in Omaha

CARSON, Calif. —(November 13, 2012)— Lakeshore Learning Materials, one of the nation’s premier manufacturers and retailers of quality educational products for children, will open its newest Lakeshore Learning Store on Friday, November 16, at Westwood Plaza in Omaha—its first in the state of Nebraska.

Lakeshore Learning Store will be located in the newly renovated Westwood Plaza at 12005 W. Center Road, just east of Baker’s supermarket. The 5,200 square-foot store will offer a wide selection of unique learning materials, toys and games, including Lakeshore’s own exclusive, award-winning brand which features products 100% developed by expert educators with years of classroom experience.

“We’ve received a great deal of interest over the years to bring a store to Omaha,” said Tony Gioia, Vice President of Retail. “We’re thrilled to see this becoming a reality. From hands-on learning games, books and puzzles to educational software and arts & crafts supplies, we look forward to providing the teachers and parents of Omaha with an abundance of products that can help make learning a really fun experience for kids.”

The new store will also offer free teacher workshops throughout the year, as well as host Free Crafts for Kids every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Educators are also invited to join the Lakeshore Learning Store Teacher’s Club and save 15% on hundreds of essential classroom items.

Family-owned and family-run, Lakeshore has been providing top-quality materials for schools and homes for 58 years. Lakeshore now operates 57 stores in 26 states with plans to expand further in the coming years, plus an online store at The company is dedicated to helping children reach developmental milestones and achieve educational goals while fostering a lifelong love of learning.

“It is an honor to open a Lakeshore Learning Store in Omaha, Nebraska,” said Bo Kaplan, President and CEO of Lakeshore. “My grandmother, Ethelyn Kaplan, founded Lakeshore in 1954, and we couldn’t be more pleased to pay tribute to her vision by opening a store in her hometown. We’re tremendously excited to serve the Omaha community by providing the best in children’s educational products and services.”

Click here for more information about Lakeshore Learning Stores.

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