Grocery chain hopes to halt plans for strip club in shopping plaza

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DELAND, Fla. —

Controversy is brewing in a DeLand shopping plaza where a grocery store chain is trying to prevent a strip club from opening up next door.

Winn Dixie officials are hoping to halt plans for a strip club in the Brandywine Shopping Village off N. Woodland Boulevard. The grocery store chain is worried Pin Ups Ladies and Gentlemen's Club could hurt business.

"I think they could have picked a better place for it. It would probably deter some people from shopping here," shopper Lorie Kerr said.

Many shoppers said they don't think it's appropriate for the strip club to open up in the same plaza as a grocery store. Winn Dixie would sit just about 100 feet from the club's entrance.

Court documents obtained by WFTV's Myrt Price show the grocery chain has filed an injunction to stop the club from opening.

"I definitely agree with them. It is kind of inappropriate," Brandon Landry with Nom Nom's Ice Cream Shop said.

Customers with children said they'd be concerned about issues that may arise with a strip club in the shopping plaza.

"If I notice there is a problem or I feel uncomfortable, then yes, I would probably shop somewhere else," Kerr said.

The strip club's owner couldn't be tracked down for comment. A court hearing regarding the issue is scheduled for October 17.