Horry County is taking Cherry Boxxx to court to force its closure, claiming the business is an adult entertainment establishment unlawfully operating too close to a private residence and church.
The court papers were filed July 21 by Horry County. Administrator Chris Eldridge and the county says the business is now operating illegally without a business license.
The county rejected the business license renewal in April and the business is appealing that decision through the court system.
The county maintains that the business has not posted a surety or bond to stay the county’s denial of its business license application, and continues to operate the business, so it’s asking the court to shut down the store.
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The business is owned by Kelvin Lewis, former operator of Airport Express Video, at 4947 Highway 17 South Bypass. That business was shut down in 2014 on charges of lewd behavior on the premises.
“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 said.
The business claims to be a smoke shop that also sells magazines and lingerie, and maintains that all sexual paraphernalia items have been pulled from the inventory.