Suh to open Nike store in Lincoln, Neb.

Associated Press
Ndamukong Suh

Lincoln, Neb. — Former Nebraska and Lions star Ndamukong Suh, now with the Dolphins, plans to open a Nike store in the former Nebraska Bookstore space in downtown Lincoln.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents on Friday approved a $1.25 million agreement with Suh's company, TFL Development LLC, to buy 17,000 to 19,000 square feet of space — about half of the building, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

In a request for proposals, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln had asked developers to propose a "nationally or globally visible retail store," specifically clothing or footwear, for the former bookstore space.

TFL, one of six companies started by Suh last year, beat out a proposal by Tetrad Property Group, which is run by another former Nebraska player, Zack Wiegert.

Suh is a former All-American defensive lineman for Nebraska. He played five seasons with the Lions before joining the Dolphins this year as a free agent. He signed an endorsement contract with Nike shortly after his playing career at Nebraska ended in 2010.

Suh's company will pay a $100,000 deposit to begin redevelopment of the space, plus a $1,000 monthly fee over 20 years.

The Nebraska Bookstore was one of Lincoln's oldest retail establishments and a destination for fans in town for home Nebraska football games before it closed in June. The university bought the property from Neebo Inc. for $4.75 million.