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Locations lose right to sell alcohol forever due to crime history

Future owners or tenants of both locations are also bound by the terms of the court orders, including the provisions against selling alcohol. Future owners or tenants of both locations are also bound by the terms of the court orders, including the provisions against selling alcohol.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Two businesses in Wilmington have lost their ability to sell alcohol forever due to a history of violence, sometimes involving drugs and gang members.

The Chestnut Food Market property, located at 1202 Chestnut Street, and the Good Times Lounge property, located at 1415 Dawson Street, both have a history of assaults and fights.

Because of the reoccurring criminal activity, District Attorney Ben David filed civil nuisance abatement cases on behalf of the state of North Carolina at the request of the City of Wilmington and the Wilmington Police Department to both properties.

Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones entered consent judgments Monday against the two businesses.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said the decision was made in the interest of the public in providing a permanent solution for the community.

"Wilmington Police officers have responded to calls and complaints at these businesses for a number of years," Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said. "Today's judgments are in the best interest of the public and we appreciate the cooperation of the property owners in bringing these actions to a close. Working together with ALE, the District Attorney's Office, and the surrounding community members and property owners, we are providing a permanent solution for the community."

The Chestnut Street location, owned by Chinlee, LLC, also has drug violations and fights involving gang members, while the Dawson Street location, owned by TPK, LLC, has repeated instances of gunfire according to the WPD.

Under the terms of each judgment, the leases of both businesses will be terminated immediately, and copies of the court orders will be forwarded to the NC ABC Commission, which is responsible for the alcohol privilege licenses for both businesses. 

The judgment also prohibits both properties from ever housing a bar, pool hall, adult establishment, or any other type of business that sells alcohol, and they can never be used as a nuisance regardless of who owns them according to the WPD.

Future owners or tenants of both locations are also bound by the terms of the court orders, including the provisions against selling alcohol.

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