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The Rogers Jewelers store at Gateway Mall is among dozens across the country that are set to go out of business.

Rogers' parent company, Austin, Texas-based Samuels Jewelers, filed for bankruptcy in August and hoped to reorganize.

But it announced in late October that its 122 stores in 23 states would start holding going-out-of-business sales.

The stores, including the one at Gateway, are scheduled to stay open through the holiday shopping season, and there is a chance they could stay open indefinitely.

Samuels is seeking a buyer, and interested parties have until Jan. 21 to submit a bid to the bankruptcy court.

If no buyer willing to keep the stores open is found, then all the stores will close by either February or March.

When asked about the closing, Gateway Marketing Manager Becky Sidles said in an email last month that the Rogers space is a "prime location, so we’re going to be thoughtful as we talk with unique retailers, review entertainment ideas and explore dining options that can fit with our current mix."

Ready for Round 1

Speaking of Gateway, its newest big tenant is getting ready to open.

Round 1 Bowling & Amusement said in a Tweet that it will open at the mall at 10 a.m. on Dec. 15, which is next Saturday.

The Gateway Round 1 will be 50,000 square feet and will take up one entire side of the mall's J.C. Penney wing.

Round 1 will offer bowling, arcade games, pool tables, karaoke and other games, as well as a restaurant and bar.

The company said in its Tweet that the first 100 people through the door will receive a free game card.

Crafthouse closing

Another store closing is local crafting and sewing boutique Crafthouse.

The five-year-old business started in University Place and moved to Williamsburg Village, near 40th Street and Old Cheney Road, a little over two years ago.

The owners said in a post on their website that "after a great deal of soul searching, we have decided to close Crafthouse as a brick and mortar shop."

The post said that they are searching for a buyer but had had no luck finding one. As of last week, they had not announced an official closing date.

North Lincoln auto parts store

According to a building permit filed late last month, Auto Zone is planning a fourth Lincoln store in the northeast part of the city.

The address on the building permit is 3333 N. 85th St., which would put it near the Walmart store that is just northeast of the intersection of 84th and Adams streets.

Auto Zone has three other Lincoln locations, at 48th and Vine streets, 29th Street and Cornhusker Highway and in the Edgewood shopping Center at 56th Street and Nebraska 2.

New stores to shop in Lincoln this season

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Business editor/reporter

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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