GRAND CHUTE - A longtime adult entertainment business in the Fox Valley may soon close its doors.
The Paradise Gentleman's Club is for sale and will go to auction.
And it could be a sought-after property in a popular area in Grand Chute.
The Paradise Club has been at the busy intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Highway 41 for decades, but the club has been foreclosed on and will go up for auction in December. A surprise to some who say for better or worse, the club is a local landmark.
"Ever since I can remember it's been there.," said Donnie Claybaugh of Green Bay.
The Paradise Club sits near the Fox River Mall and an Ihop restaurant, an environment that some say puts the club out of place with its surroundings.
"People come up here with their kids and family to do shopping at Christmas time and Thanksgiving," said Russell Thompson of Appleton. "And when your kid says hey mom what is that, what do you tell your kid without getting them into that adult conversation at a young age?"
According to court documents, the club is one of seven local properties by the same owner foreclosed on in July. The company handling the auction has the Paradise Club's starting price at $650,000. A new owner couldn't keep the liquor license and operate it as a strip club because of a new ordinance passed by the town this year. The club was grandfathered in under the ordinance for the current owners.
While they would not comment on camera, the manager of the Fox River Mall says the parent company of the mall is interested in the Paradise Club property which sits a few hundred feet away from the mall.
And Thompson says turning it into something family-friendly would benefit the whole community.
"I mean if they turn it into something else and the kid says hey mom can we go there, it's a whole better ballgame I think."
Calls to the owner of the Paradise Club and the town of Grand Chute were not returned.
The club and the owner's six other properties go up for auction Dec. 14.
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