Gentlemans club in Grand Junction? |

Gentlemans club in Grand Junction?

Marija B. Vader and Emily AndersonGrand Junction correspondentsAspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION Grand Junction has been without a strip club since 2005 when Cheers closed its doors in downtown Grand Junction. But that could change if a proposal by a local businessman makes it through the city’s planning process. Kevin Eardley, a Grand Junction business owner, has proposed to the city community development department to open a gentlemans club/bar in an industrial area in north Grand Junction. Eardley, who owns Atlas Electric, said hes not quite ready to talk about the bar yet, and said hes not sure exactly what type of establishment it will be. That will depend on what the city will approve, he said. Located southeast of the intersection of Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 6&50 in a mostly-industrial area, the proposed site, 2257 Colex Dr., is now nothing more than a muddy lot. A gentlemans club fits under the adult entertainment establishment category in the Grand Junction Zoning and Development Code. At the Acorn truck stop on U.S. Highway 6 and 50, clerk Danni Manzanares and Assistant Manager Betty Delgado traded opinions over what they believe gentlemans club means: A strip bar. I dont see a problem with it, as long as my husband doesnt go there … if I was married, Manzanares said. A lot of truckers leave their rigs at the Acorn and theres not a lot of things for them to do, Manzanares said. I dont oppose gentlemens clubs, Delgado said, adding that a strip bar would attract the wrong element. These truckers need a place like that, Manzanares said. No they dont, Delgado said. Were going to get the wrong type of people then. Im not opposed to it … just put it somewhere else, Delgado said. A Utah trucker visiting Acorn Tuesday said he doesnt want a gentlemans club in that area. I wouldnt want it in my neighborhood. Why would I want it here? said Bryan Reay, who drives to Grand Junction from Sigurd, Utah, several times a week. That kind of establishment aint no good here.

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