Plans for local adult store raises a few eyebrows

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 12:04pm

In a curve on FRJ Drive — a road between Cotton Street and U.S. 80 — a new metal building sits ready while owners wait for approval of a license to open a sexually oriented business.

Surrounded by light industry, it’s a different kind of business that hopes to start up at 55 FRJ Drive.

The shop, owned by Gregg County Video Inc., is to be named Venus, and will sell everything from racy lingerie, clothing and shoes to sexually explicit toys and adult videos.

Many of Venus’ long-established neighbors aren’t thrilled about the prospect of a retail sex shop in their midst.

“We do not like it in the least bit,” said Birne Wiley, founder and president of Missionary Tech Team, a nonprofit, non-denominational organization that provides technical support for Christian ministries around the globe.

Wiley said if he had his way, there would be no place for sexually oriented businesses in Longview, period. But, certainly not five doors down in the industrial park where his business has flourished since 1975.

Wiley said the area already attracts elements of questionable behavior after hours. And now, he said he expects more.

“We’ve had trouble at that corner even before this place was going on. It attracts people parking in driveways. There have been used condoms thrown out in our drive. We’ve already got unsavory traffic at night,” Wiley said.

Since the new business filed an application Sept. 13, Wiley said he has canvassed the business community on FRJ Drive, and determined Venus is not welcome.

See the full story on the Longview News-Journal's website.


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