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Judge shuts down two local businesses

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– 2 local businesses are shutting down and police say that’s a step in the right direction. Good Times Lounge and The Chestnut Market both are shutting their doors.

Police say Good Times Lounge on Dawson St. had a history of complaints and incidents involving weapons.

The closure comes at the request of the city and police department filing a civil complaint effectively calling these places a nuisance.

“Wilmington Police officers have responded to calls and complaints at these businesses for a number of years,” said Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous. “Today’s judgments are in the best interest of the public and we appreciate the cooperation of the property owners in bringing these actions to a close. Working together with ALE, the District Attorney’s Office, and the surrounding community members and property owners, we are providing a permanent solution for the community.”

What was once Club 609 now sits empty on Market and Kerr because of a very similar situation with the court intervening and shutting the place down. Folks said the neighborhood hasn’t changed all that much.

“I mean it was a nightclub as far as the night atmosphere it might have changed some things, but as far as you know business wise during the day,” said Cliff Waddell, “I don’t see where it has changed anything whether the club was here or not.”

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