Countryside Village shopping center will continue to be operated by the Myers family in the same neighborly way it has been for the last two generations of owners, Andrew Myers told the World-Herald.
His father, Larry W. Myers, who died Friday at 72, operated the center for more than 30 years after taking it over from his own parents. He carefully selected the mix of mostly local retailers who catered to the residents surrounding the center at 87th and Pacific Streets.
A memorial service was held Wednesday for Myers, who died at his home. He is survived by his wife, Mariana, who is also an owner of the center with her son.
Myers was remembered by tenants for the personal interest he took in their success and for the way he advocated for local businesses.
"I hold fast to these principles, and see my role simply to refine them further," Myers told the World-Herald in an email. "Countryside has always been a high-end shopping destination. I would like it to even more: to be Omaha's bastion of the best."
Andrew Myers fondly remembers his dad playing catch in the backyard with him and his brother. He said his father never pressured him to enter the family business.
"It's simply in my blood. I've loved Countryside my whole life, I'm passionate about it, and I feel a deep respect and responsibility towards it."