- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - An adult entertainment cabaret in Rapid City is closing after spending much of its 31-year history at odds with religious groups and local officials.

Shotgun Willies will shut down at the end of the month, the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1L7TwWK ) reported. Owner Aaron Johnson already has sold the property and is trying to sell the business, which includes a city liquor license, he said.

“We’ll be out of here by September 1. We’re done,” Johnson told the newspaper this week. “It’ll be the last strip club in Rapid City. There will be no more.”

The club opened in 1984 and featured nude dancers until 2003, when the city passed a more restrictive ordinance governing adult-oriented businesses. Only topless dancing has been allowed since.

Shotgun Willies has continued to run into problems in recent years, including having the business license suspended for three days after the club was accused of violating the city’s adult-oriented business code. Johnson, who purchased Shotgun Willies in 2007, said he’s tired of the scrutiny and has been “kicking around” the idea of selling for some time.

“I’m tired of fighting the city and being the kid on the block that’s always looked down upon,” he said.

Johnson isn’t sure what the new owner will do with the building and he declined to name the property buyer.

“He’s being very tight-lipped,” Johnson said of the new owner. “He didn’t tell me anything at all.”

He also declined to discuss other details of the sale, but described it as an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“I was pretty surprised at the size of the real estate offer,” he said. “There was no time like the present to let it go.”

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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