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Former Gold Club reopens as Club Faces in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – After closing more than a year ago on nuisance violations, the former Gold Club reopens as Club Faces in Horry County.

First it was the Gold Club, then it was Empire, and now it's the Faces Nightclub. The location was part of an undercover investigation by the solicitor's office.

Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson explains because it has been closed one year, and coming in under new owners, another night club can open.

“In some of the clubs, it was widespread drug sales, drug use, prescription, designer drugs, those sort of things, saw a lot of that in certain clubs, and in certain clubs you just saw rampant prostitution,” Richardson said.

Richardson says the gold club closed voluntarily after receiving the nuisance violation notice. Under the law, the establishment had to close for one year.

“The nuisance law, which it was closed under, is not a silver bullet,” Richardson said.

Richardson believes a year is a fair amount of time for a business to be turned around.

“You know it's fair enough you don't want to, you don't want to close down, sort of like a death penalty on businesses. Everybody deserves a fair start and we'll just see where it goes from there,” Richardson explained.

Richardson says it's up to the business owner to make sure the business isn't a haven for crime.

“For some reason all of these people picked your place to come buy and sell drugs out of, for some reason, for some reason people chose your place to engage in prostitution or assignation,” he added.

At the entrance of the new club there is a list of rules hoping to prevent such behavior including no gang apparel or gang related attire, no hooded sweat shirts, no bandanas or do-rags, no drugs of any kind, no drama, absolutely no weapons of any kind and no loitering.

“Most of them will either learn and change the way they are doing business, or they'll be closed every other year,” Richardson said.

Richardson says the new nightclub will be welcomed like any other business unless police start reporting similar crimes and calls to the establishment.

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