It was business as usual in spite of the blizzard warning Wednesday, according to a sampling of employers.
While companies said Wednesday they planned to monitor the weather, they had not made plans to change their hours for Thursday. Most said any decision to delay or close their operations would be based on the storm's impact and intensity.
Nebraska Furniture Mart
The retailer did not plan to close, unless safety became an issue, said Robert Batt, the company's executive vice president.
"We monitor the weather," added Mark Hamilton, director of marketing said. "We want to be here for our customers."
The Mart planned to open Thursday at the regular time, 10 a.m.
Union Pacific Spokesman Tom Lange said its north downtown headquarters wasn't officially closing Wednesday as the snowstorm hit Omaha, but the railroad was allowing employees to leave early to ensure they get home safe.
"We tell people to use their best judgment," he said, noting that most employees can easily work from home.
Village Pointe Shopping Center and Shadow Lake Towne Shopping Centers
"The shopping centers will not close," spokeswoman Kim Jones said.
Both centers will open Thursday at 9 a.m. as planned, Jones said.
However, "individual stores have their own policies," Jones added, so customers should call stores for updates.
Midtown Crossing Mall had no plans to delay opening Thursday, a mall spokeswoman said.
The auto dealer planned to open at the regular time Thursday. "Extreme weather could certainly cause us to change our plans," said Mickey Anderson, president of Performance Auto Group. "Certain employees will likely be home with children if school is closed," Anderson said. "This will be handled on a case-by-case basis."
Mutual of Omaha
The company had no plans to delay its opening Thursday. "Any determination like that will be made during the overnight hours," company spokesman Jim Nolan said Wednesday afternoon.
"No weather-based staffing decisions have been made," said company spokeswoman Kwiyoung Baumgarten. First Data has round-the-clock operations in Omaha. "We have a standing weather emergency group that meets regularly to make decisions on a shift-by-shift basis depending on current conditions. Our employees' safety is a top priority, and our policy allows extra travel time when needed," Baumgarten said.
The company was monitoring weather conditions, but as of Wednesday afternoon had not made any decision on closing.
The company said was not planning office any office closings as of Wednesday afternoon.
"Employee safety is our first concern. During adverse weather conditions, we ask our employees to use good judgment and appropriate caution," company spokeswoman Becky Niiya said. "Depending on job function, some employees also have the option to arrange for telecommuting."