Retail evolves with centers emphasizing one-stop-shop designs

Agarwal said his team is seeing many big box formats consolidate to online made-to-order.

“Obvious retailer bankruptcies are causing a lot smaller rental pool for new and existing retail spaces, and although it’s a lot of change and anxiety, it just means traditional retail needs to evolve and become all about the consumer experience versus the products they are selling”


LEADERSHIP CLASS 42 CLASS SELECTED

We are so excited to announce that Jay Kline is part of Leadership Omaha's 42nd class!

A program of the Greater Omaha Chamber, Leadership Omaha is designed to develop effective leaders who strengthen and transform the community. Class members are chosen based on their demonstrated community involvement and vision for the future of Omaha.


PARADE MAGAZINE FEATURE: Murals Across America - The Very Best Street Art in Every State 

We are so excited to announce that our on-staff artist, Justin Queal, is featured in PARADE Magazine! His 'Home Run' mural is listed as the best mural in Nebraska.


FORBES feature: how one chef entrepreneur brings the world to nebraska

We are honored to work with Ethan Bondelid on projects like Monarch Prime & Bar, Wicked Rabbit and the Alice. We are constantly in awe of his creativity and drive.

Check out this awesome feature video of him on Forbes.


Omaha world herald 7/21/19 feature: Landscape shifts for several in Omaha metro's active real estate industry

White Lotus Group, a real estate development company, also relocated its headquarters to the Regency area building at 10404 Essex Court.

Founder Arun Agarwal said that about half of the 12,000-square-foot space will be used by co-working partners and the rest by the 20-person corporate team. White Lotus’ former midtown home at 105 N. 31st Ave. now is occupied by marketing firm Emspace + Lovgren.


MIDLANDS BUSINESS JOURNAL 7/26/19 feature: FOR BIG RETURN ON INVESTMENT, CHOOSE BUILDING UPDATES AND Amenities WISELY

To attract new tenants, it’s not a question of if a building owner should regularly update their buildings, it’s how to get the biggest return on investment.

Anticipating what the client wants before they even move in is a sign of a landlord who’s attuned to their target demographic.

“It’s imperative for owners and landlords to always put themselves in a tenant’s shoes and look at existing and new spaces with a fresh pair of eyes,” said Delaney Nelson, director of marketing for White Lotus Group.


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Midlands Business journal 7/12/19 feature: local companies work to sustain urban life

Supporting urban living is a high priority for various local businesses.

Arun Agarwal, CEO at White Lotus Group, said the company strives to support urban living through creating spaces where diverse people with all different types of character and tastes feel welcome.


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WHITE LOTUS GROUP SELECTED TO DEVELOP WEST OMAHA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES OFFICE

White Lotus Group has been selected by The State of Nebraska as the developer for the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles’ newest location in Omaha at 171st and West Dodge Road in the West Dodge Pointe development. The building is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2020 and will be the newest driver licensing office for the Nebraska DMV.


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Midlands Business journal 3/22/19 feature: Omaha’s districts expand with commercial, office and retail space

Omaha’s districts continue to show signs of revitalization and growth, according to local firms.

Arun Agarwal, CEO of White Lotus Group, said the West Maple corridor, specifically 168th Street to 192nd Street has seen and will continue to see rapid development due to the completed widening of 168th Street from West Dodge Road to West Maple Road.


WHite Lotus group artist, justin queal, spearheads award-winning art show

‘Cream on Top’ at The Butter Factory (1401 Jones Street) was crowned as the ‘Best Art Presentation in a Non-Traditional Format’ at the 13th annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.

The show featured a number of amazing local artists lead and curated by Justin and his family.

Click below to watch the entire live stream of the award show, or skip to 34:00 to see ‘Cream on Top’ take the stage.


Is retail ready to bloom in north downtown? People are 'reinvigorated on the area'

Arun Agarwal of White Lotus Group, which rents the Bloom space to the Prairie in Bloom owners, said new Creighton facilities along with developing art- and tech-focused districts south of Cuming Street (the New North Makerhood and Millwork Commons) have fueled momentum in north downtown. Already in the area are attractions such as TD Ameritrade Park and the CHI Health Center.


White Lotus Group Announces New Key Hire - Jay Kline joins the team as the Vice President of Business Development

Kline brings over a decade of experience to White Lotus Group through his previous roles at LEO A DALY as a member of their business development team focused on reinforcing the success of the company’s Federal Program. Prior to this role, Kline oversaw the company’s business interests in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and after a successful three years overseas, Jay came home and became LEO A DALY’S Small Business Program Manager.


West Omaha is getting a craft cocktail bar from owner of Berry & Rye and Wicked Rabbit

Ethan Bondelid plans to open a to-be-named basement-level cocktail spot off 170th Street and West Center Road; the bar will be located below the third location of Jams American Grill, planned to open late spring in the former Upstream location.

Bondelid said the new bar will not be a second location of Wicked Rabbit, his downtown spot off 15th and Harney Streets that has a camouflaged entrance and no sign to speak of. Bondelid, who is also involved in Monarch Prime, the restaurant inside Hotel Deco, said the new space will be a "continuation of the brand," of both Monarch and Wicked Rabbit, which are plays off "Alice in Wonderland's" Red Queen. 


Omaha magazine feature: chef patrick micheels

It’s not easy to stay humble when everyone keeps talking about how great you are. But Patrick Micheels manages to steer nearly every compliment right back to other people. “I have a team in the kitchen that crushes it every day,” Micheels says when asked about the success of Monarch Prime & Bar. “I am so lucky.”

Actually, Omaha is lucky to have Micheels. Anyone who has dined at Monarch Prime knows as much. “I want to let the rest of the country know that Omaha’s not messing around,” he says.


Midlands Business journal 12/7/18 feature: New commercial, industrial and retail real estate stretches through sarpy county

White Lotus Group is another firm that has been busy working on various projects throughout Sarpy County.

White Lotus Group CEO/owner Arun Agarwal said the team has been diligently working on the I-80 Logistics Hub site this year.

The firm owns roughly 140 acres at 132nd Street and Cornhusker road.


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Midlands Business journal 7/27/18 feature: companies assess existing spaces; community efforts help attract, retain talent

White Lotus Group CEO Arun Agarwal said the ability for companies looking to relo­cate, grow or consolidate locations has been found to be easiest in West Omaha, while multi-national and tech firms are looking more downtown for walkable amenities or "even just because they want to participate in furthering the community," he said.


Leadership class 41 class selected

We are so excited to announce that Arun Agarwal is part of Leadership Omaha's 41st class!

A program of the Greater Omaha Chamber, Leadership Omaha is designed to develop effective leaders who strengthen and transform the community. Class members are chosen based on their demonstrated community involvement and vision for the future of Omaha.


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MIDLANDS BUSINESS JOURNAL FEATURE: Array of redevelopment projects provide varied housing options

Since leasing its Turner Park Apartments in January 2018, White Lotus Group CEO Arun Agarwal said in June all interested residents who toured the building in the last month moved in to the transformed, 58-unit Class C historical apartments. 

Generally, when asked about misconceptions of 'urban living' Agarwal cited "crime vs. diversity"..

"The reality is that the urban lifestyle is denser, and there is definately a higher level of diversity; however, the misconception that this brings negative elements is false in our experience," he said. "Our city thrives on diversity."


MIDLANDS BUSINESS JOURNAL FEATURE: KUHN DRIVES WHITE LOTUS GROUP BY LEVERAGING POTENTIAL IN PROJECTS

Ashley Kuhn's leadership ethos has brought White Lotus Group strong growth across virtually all market sectors, leadership she boils down to some very simple components. 

"My leadership style is, No. 1, transparent. I believe in transparency," she said. "I believe in everybody being able to see every moving part. Second, I lead by example..."

Read the full article below. 


Omaha World Herald Feature: 30 Metro mixed-use building opens — complete with a sculpture reminiscent of site's storied past

The 30 Metro residential and retail complex officially opened Friday, bringing a five-story, $20 million investment to North 30th and Fort Streets.

Unveiled during a ceremony that drew dozens of visitors were 110 apartments, 12,000 square feet of commercial bays — and the Icona, a sculpture that stands near the entrance to the 113,000-square foot complex.

Read the full article below. 


Q&A with White Lotus Group's Ashley Kuhn: How CREW Omaha is providing mentorship, industry knowledge

We sat down with Kuhn to pick her brain about how each of her roles blend together, and how her experiences navigating the waters of CRE have shaped the advice and goals she has for both men and women in the industry today.

Read the full article below. 


30 metro ribbon cutting ceremony

White Lotus Group is proud to open the doors to 110 affordable apartment units at their 30 Metro building in North Omaha with the goal of serving the the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha campus and surrounding area. 

Learn more below.


KMTV News Feature: Developing downtown Omaha, challenges and opportunities

"We look at each site as a question, what should it be, what could it be, what's financially possible, what's physically possible," said Agarwal. 

Watch the full segment below. 


Midland's Business Journal Feature: rise of 'new' developments in metro harken back to community spirit bygone

Sometimes, one has to look back to move forward. And the establishment and evolution of "districts" within Omaha, at least partly, reflects a return to the neighborhoods of yesteryear - where everything was within walkable "reach"

Read the full article below. 


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We are looking to add to our phenomenal team! If you are a detail-oriented, process driven individual in the construction project management field, you're in luck.

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Ames Innovation Center seeks to bring tech jobs to North Omaha

KETV visited with White Lotus Group CEO and founder, Arun Agarwal, to discuss our redevelopment project at 56th and Ames

Watch the full segment below.


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White Lotus Group Selected to Develop Baxter Auto Group’s New Omaha Headquarters

Baxter Auto Group will be partnering with White Lotus Group for the development of Baxter’s new future headquarters located at 173rd and West Dodge Road. The headquarters project will be an extension of the three dealerships near 168th and Dodge Road currently under construction. The $20 million headquarters project will help streamline and centralize Baxter’s corporate team and is expected to be completed June 2019.

Read the full press release or Omaha World Herald article below.


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change to tax credits causes worry

KMTV 3 News Now visited with White Lotus Group CEO and founder, Arun Agarwal, to discuss the local importance of the historic preservation tax credits. 

Watch the full segment below.


WHITE LOTUS GROUP TACKLES THE NOT-SO-PRETTY BUT PROFITABLE STORAGE INDUSTRY

“It’s not sexy,” Arun Agarwal says. “But its risk-reward ratio, as a real estate asset, is among the better ones.”

The topic? Self-storage.

Agarwal, the CEO of White Lotus Group, claims that self-storage facilities could be the "not-so-pretty" but practical solution to the abundance of vacant big box retail properties in Omaha.

Read the full article below. 


review: monarch's big-city service and locally raised, aged meat could redefine our vision of steak

"You could say, without much hesitation, that Monarch is forwarding the Omaha steakhouse tradition. It might be unfamiliar, but at first, the new always is. The restaurant sets diners up for an experience, and any time a restaurant does that, I leave full. And pleased."

Read the full article below. 


hotel deco named best hotel in nebraska by 2018 u.s. News & world report

Hotel Deco received a Silver Badge as the #1 Best Hotel in Omaha and was also named the #1 Best Nebraska Hotel. The Omaha specific announcement states, "Out of 71 hotels, one property — Hotel Deco — stands out for exceptional quality."

Read the full article below. 


KMTV FEATURE: APARTMENTS, STOREFRONTS IN PROGRESS AT FORMER MISTER C'S PROPERTY

The site of a former Omaha landmark is ready to make its mark once again. 30 Metro is set to open within the next couple of months at 30th and Fort streets. For 55 years, Mister C’s restaurant entertained guests until 2007 at that location. The property went neglected after that, and there was a fire in 2013.

Watch the segment below. 


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MIDLANDS BUSINESS JOURNAL 1/12/18: With Diverse capabilities, White lotus Group lands major projects

"Since taking root in 2003, White Lotus Group has blossomed, completing more than $200 million in projects with another $200 million in its active pipeline - and nearly $100 million in production, according to CEO Arun Agarwal."

Read the full article below. 


White Lotus Group resident artist infuses art into public spaces

"As the in-house artist and public art project manager for White Lotus Group, Omaha native Justin Queal has created a niche for himself, adding the creative element of artwork to "fine tune" the development projects his firm builds."

Read the full article below. 


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White lotus GROUP ANNOUNCES KEY NEW HIRES

Lindsay Hanna joins the team as the Director of Residential Property Management and Delaney Nelson as the Public Relations Marketing Manager. 

Read the full press release below. 


30 Metro Ground Breaking Omaha Nebraska

"White lotus group celebrates ground breaking at 30 metro - a mixed use $20mm building located on 30th & fort, to include apartments and retail"  

Pictured left to right: Alexa Mosqueda, Lynn Gorman, Erin Schager, Andrea Rockwell, Arun Agarwal, and Bill Wardell of White Lotus Group gather on October 21st, 2016 to honor the ground breaking of a new project - across from Metro Community College - Fort Campus. 

Read the full press release below.


DUNDEE FLATS: REVITALIZING OMAHA

White Lotus Group celebrates the development of this exciting residential project - by Sage Capitol - located on 49th and Dodge St - "Dundee Flats."  A modern apartment complex about to begin construction during 2016, with a projected finish within 2017.  

See the KETV newscast on this issue below.


HOTEL DECO xv - On list of best hotels in each state

Though the words “modern luxury” and “Nebraska” aren’t exactly synonymous, this 89-room, ultra-mod hotel is next to the Old Market section of town and pretty much accounts for all of Omaha’s art-deco architecture. Maybe? It’s one of only two AAA four diamond properties in the entire state, and in addition to having Omaha’s best bourbon bar in the lobby, hotel staff will also drive you to the Huskers game in one of their Mercedes sedans, if that's how you roll.