SkateDaze prepares to auction off decades of memories

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - SkateDaze was a staple for metro kids for decades, and now preparations are underway for a huge auction as the business closes its door.

Everything in the building will be available for purchase.

"This place has been here for so long, and there's so many people that have an emotional connection. They spent a lot of time here when they were kids. There's just a lot of memories," owner Scott Cernik said.

Cernik's business had its door open near 132nd and Center for more than 35 years. Now, he's looking to the future and hopes all of the items at SkateDaze can find new homes.

"Rental skates, all the tables, the SkateDaze car, the lighting system, a lot of the murals on the walls," he listed off.

The arcade games, restaurant equipment, seating and a lot more will also go up on the auction block in a matter of days.

"It's a fairly large project," Mark Beacom, vice president of Auction Solutions said. "There are so many different types of assets in here."

The upcoming sale is keeping Beacom and his team busy.

"We've got a lot of people that are very, very emotional about this place. I think we're going to see a large group of folks from Omaha as well as all over the country buying this equipment," he said.

The owner of the iconic business is also emotional.

"It's just a heartfelt business. Very iconic and played such a big place in people's hearts and people's lives," Cernik said.

Bidding begins on April 23 at 10 a.m. It can be done in person or online