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Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 09:05 am

Putting a rumor to rest

Scheels in Springfield is not closing

Steve Luker doesn't know how the rumors started, but he knows one thing: they're not true. Scheels in Springfield is not closing, and the store has not refused to renew their lease.

Luker is the managing partner of Legacy Pointe, the development along the MacArthur Avenue extension where Scheels is located. Luker says he has been battling the rumors for at least a year; even his bank and his attorney called him wanting to know whether it was true.

"It’s just ridiculous," he said. "I don’t know who comes up with this stuff."

How does he know the rumors are false? Scheels, which opened in 2011, has a 20-year lease on the building, which Luker owns.

"For people who say it's closing, talk to me in another 15 years," he jokes.

Amy Beadle, a spokeswoman for Scheels, confirmed that the rumors are false. She said sales are strong, and the store isn’t going anywhere.

“Scheels is committed to this community,” Beadle said. “We’ll be here for the long run. We want to give back to the community, and we appreciate its support.”

Luker believes the rumors arose from messages on websites like Yelp.com, which list the hours of businesses and sometimes say "closing soon" if a business is about to shut down for the day. That could be misinterpreted as closing forever soon, Luker says. He attributes the persistence of the rumors to the simple fact that people like to talk.

"I wonder if people just say these things," he said. "It's all a bunch of nonsense."

Contact Patrick Yeagle at pyeagle@illinoistimes.com.


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