The former site of Cherry Boxxx, an adult entertainment business that was under fire last year, will soon be turned into a crematory.
Located at 4947 Highway 17 Bypass South, Lewis Crematory and Funeral Services is set to open in June, according to its owner Kelvin Lewis — who also owned and operated Cherry Boxxx.
"I became a licensed funeral director in 2017," Lewis said. "It's an honor to serve families in their time of need."
Cherry Boxxx closed on Nov. 1 of last year, just months after Horry County sued the business in an attempt to force its closure.
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The county claimed the business was an adult entertainment establishment that was unlawfully operating too close to a private residence and church. County policy prohibits adult businesses being located within 1,500 feet of residential areas and houses of worship.
“The Cherry Boxxx is located within 168 from a house of worship, 245 feet from a residential district and 536 feet from a residential structure,” the lawsuit stated.
The suit was filed July 21 and claimed the business was also operating illegally without a business license.
Cherry Boxxx claimed to be a smoke shop that also sold magazines, lingerie and DVDs. Before Lewis opened Cherry Boxxx, it operated under the name Airport Express Video — another adult entertainment business that shut down in 2014 on charges of lewd behavior.
Michaela Broyles: 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles