Five businesses in a strip mall at 72nd and Dodge Streets closed early Wednesday when a Sprint cellphone store received a bomb threat.
Police did not find any evidence of a bomb inside or outside Sprint, 209 S. 72nd St., but the business decided to close about 4:30 p.m., said Officer James Shade, a police spokesman.
The threat had been called in. Shade said Sprint’s corporate office told police that three Sprint stores in different states had received threatening phone calls.
Sprint, Noodles & Company, GameStop and Starbucks all posted signs saying they would be closed until further notice. Chipotle was the last business in the strip mall to close, after 6 p.m.
A Chipotle manager said he had planned to stay open, but he closed the restaurant because his employees were upset by the bomb threat.
Bob Harris of Omaha said he was surprised to be turned away when he stopped by Chipotle to pick up dinner to go.
“You come to get take out, and a bomb threat is the last thing on your mind,” he said.
Blake Oakey pulled up to the Starbucks drive-thru and waited. Several other drivers looked puzzled when they pulled up to order and a Starbucks employee didn’t start talking over the intercom.
No sign was posted on the ordering board to alert customers that the business was closed. Starbucks did post a sign at the front door and drive-thru window.
“I have never been to a business that was closed because of a bomb threat,” Oakey said. “But I feel Omaha is a safe place and I am not scared.”