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Gamers, an Omaha-based chain of stores that sells new and used video games and gaming systems, closed its two Iowa stores last weekend, but says its Nebraska stores, including two in Lincoln, will remain open.

The company cited declining sales, police holds on allegedly stolen items and break-ins and robberies as main factors in its decision to close stores in Ames and Des Moines, Iowa, according to the Ames Tribune.

The newspaper also reported that staff issues, including the alleged use of racial slurs, played a role in the decision to close the two stores.

Gamers said in a statement on its website that it plans to continue operating its Nebraska stores and even has plans for future expansion.

Ryan Miller, a district manager for the company, told the Tribune that it has not had as many employee issues at the Nebraska stores as it did in Iowa.

Gamers stores in Lincoln are at 2720 Dan Ave. and 525 N. 48th St.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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