Friday, May 05, 2000
Flynts break ground on Monroe store
By Janet C. Wetzel
The Cincinnati Enquirer
MONROE With no sign of opposition, Larry and Jimmy Flynt scooped a handful of dirt onto their gilt shovels Thursday, breaking ground for their Hustler superstore.
Construction on the 7,200-square-foot building should begin next week, with a planned opening for the $1 million project by July 4, they said.
This is going to be our first superstore outside the state of California, said Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, sitting in a gilded wheelchair and smiling.
The big day came just six months after the Flynts bought a site on East Lebanon Street, at Ohio 63 and Interstate 75. The sale caused an outcry from some residents and religious groups, who vowed to fight to keep the store out of the city.
The Flynts and their attorney, Louis Sirkin, said the store will carry X-rated videos, sex toys and other adult merchandise, along with mainstream clothing and boutique items. But because adult sales will not represent a significant or substantial portion of the store's stock in trade, they said, the city legally could not deny approval.
We intend to abide by the zoning requirement, Larry Flynt said.
Thursday's event drew a large but orderly crowd. There were no protests or signs, and some spectators even called out words of encouragement.
Way to go, Larry! one unidentified man yelled. Keep it up, Larry! said another.
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