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Scheels closes old Lincoln store; new store to open Sept. 27
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Scheels closes old Lincoln store; new store to open Sept. 27

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Husker fans and others will have to do without Scheels for a couple of weeks.

The sporting goods retailer closed its SouthPointe Pavilions store Sunday night in preparation for a move to its new store built just a few dozen feet away.

The new Scheels store, which at 220,000 square feet is more than three times larger than the old one, is scheduled to open Sept. 27 at 5 p.m.

In addition to more merchandise, the new store will offer a 16,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with more than 100 species of fish, a 65-foot-tall Ferris wheel, a bowling alley, shooting gallery, wildlife mountain and cafe.

The old Scheels store, which has been one of the mall's anchors since it opened in March of 2000, will be torn down to make way for a 1,000-stall parking garage, which also will have about 22,000 square feet of retail space.

Demolition should start soon, although details are still being finalized, with construction expected to start in January and the garage projected to open before the end of next year.

The City Council approved a 1 percent occupation tax on most sales at the mall to pay for the $20 million garage.

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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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