Oil company will 'dress up' strip club site

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 04:07 PM

The Monroe Oil Company purchased the Platinum Diamonds gentleman's club on Roosevelt Boulevard. They will tear down the club to build a new convenience store.

"We bought the strip club and it's closed now and we're going to be tearing it down in order to build a nice new facility," President Olin Furr said.

The company owns the BP station next door. They will tear down both facilities to build the new store. 

"We're in the planning process now," Furr said. They are currently getting permits, drawing designs and hope to start building next year. 

The company operates BP gas stations and Fill Good convenience stores. They have 18 locations, but only operate the locations in Indian Trail, Monroe and Waxhaw, Furr said. 

"(The Monroe) store has really lived out its usefulness," Furr said. "Back in the day...that's how convenience stores were." 

"In the competitive environment today, you've got to keep up with the Joneses and stores are getting larger and larger, offering more and more," Furr said. "I think in the future you'll see larger, nicer stores...but fewer."

Furr said to be competitive today stores need to offer food, smoothies and a large array of products. 

"Those of us that are in this business, you've got to step up to the plate or you need to quit the game because it's gotten very competitive," Furr said. "So we've chosen that we're going to jump in." 

Furr said he has heard positive feedback about buying the club. 

"Any strip club is not a good thing," he said. "That's the only one in the county. It's one that's sort of grandfathered in and continued to operate. By buying it we can get that thing torn down and not only get rid of that, but also create a nice new business there for people to come to." 

The Monroe Unified Development Ordinance allows adult businesses, including live entertainment. Live entertainment club permits must be approved by the chief of police and renewed annually. The ordinances include numerous regulations. On the county level, there are special regulations for the businesses, including a maximum total floor area of 5,000 square-feet, regulations on where they can be located with regard to other adult businesses and residential areas and other regulations. 

“While the city never likes to see a legitimate business leave or fail, we are extremely excited about the new project that is planned for that location," Monroe Spokesperson Pete Hovanec wrote in an e-mail.