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Airport XXXpress owner opens store with new name, business model

Cherry Box Boutique is now open on 17 Bypass (Source: Amy Lipman) Cherry Box Boutique is now open on 17 Bypass (Source: Amy Lipman)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The owner of a business shut down as a public nuisance after a WMBF News investigation revealed sex acts going on inside of the store opened a store with a different name in the same building.

Cherry Box Boutique is now open off 17 Bypass near the Backgate in the building that previously housed Airport XXXpress Video.

Horry County Public Information Officer Lisa Bourcier said the business license classifies Cherry Box Boutique as a retail thrift store, which limits adult-oriented merchandise to below 35 percent.

The store owner, Kelvin Lewis, said he did not have a comment Monday.

Bourcier said the owner went through all of the necessary steps to meet compliance with Horry County.

She said he tried to reopen the business under different names, but it cannot be an adult entertainment business now where it’s located due to zoning regulations, so the zoning administrator denied those requests because the majority of what he was planning to sell was still adult-oriented.

She said he had to change the merchandise line this time to minimize the amount of adult-themed items.

Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said after one year, a business shut down as a nuisance can reopen. Airport XXXpress was forced to close in October 2014.

The building’s history worries Will Renke, founder of Sky Fitness 24/7 across 17 Bypass from Cherry Box Boutique.

“Now they’re open again. We’re automatically going to assume that it’s going to happen,” he said. “Once you get a bad rap, it’s going to stick with you and it should.”

He’s afraid the business could change the area’s reputation and drive away business.

“The longer that is potentially here, unfortunately that could lead to one, two, three people not coming into this particular area or stopping in this area,” Renke said. “Will they be open long? Only time will tell.”

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