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Popular bike week spot to be demolished

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MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - A popular Bike Week destination has sold, and the new developer plans to tear it down. But some neighbors of the famous Suck Bang Blow Four Corners say a change is overdue.

"To me it looks abandoned," said Murrells Inlet resident Kathleen Walter. Walter drives past the SBB property almost daily, and says it's an eyesore to the community.

"It says unkempt almost 12 months out of the year," she said.

A look at the property shows the building has seen better days. Some trash lines the parking lot, and sign and building shows wear and tear. SBB General Manager, Bill Barber, says while they've held events at the Four Corners location, he's actually been trying to sell the building for almost five years because of anti-biker sentiment from local governments.

"Ever since '08 when all that mess started," Barber said. "You can thank Horry County and the City of Myrtle Beach and their wonderful leadership."

We contacted the City of Myrtle Beach as well as Horry County in regards to Mr. Barber's claim. City spokesperson Mark Kruea said the buildings closing, and upcoming demolition, is unfortunate. However, Mr. Kruea also said SBB Four Corners is not within the city limits, and the city believes the bike rallies are "too long, too loud, and too dangerous." County spokesperson Lisa Bourcier backs up this claim.

Barber says some of the big bike week traditions from Four Corners, like burnouts, will continue at his original SBB location, also in Murrells Inlet.

But what does this mean for Horry County as far as bike week revenues is concerned?

"The stretch of Murrells Inlet is now the hub of bike week. They've moved it out of Myrtle Beach, Bikers don't even want to go there anymore," says manager Bill Barber.

But Barber says the county doesn't seem to want the revenue generated from bike week. He says because of anti-biker legislation and efforts like Take Back May, SBB Four Corners – a staple of bike week – had to close its doors.

"We've got the hairy guys, We've got the clean cut guys, We've got women and children. My granddaughter grew up in the biker community and I would never put her in danger," Barber ensures.

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