Missouri City originally gave the green light to a new Cindie store that will open in December.
The store’s operations manager said discussions, which began last summer, suddenly changed as they prepared to open.
“We planned to open right after Christmas,” said Greg Gant. “I guess one of the inspectors saw some stuff coming out of the bin and headed back into town and said to them, ‘They’re not a regular lingerie store. They are a sexually oriented business. “
Cindie’s is a lingerie and adult boutique with more than 30 locations in Houston and in Arlington. Gant says none of its stores have gender licenses.
“We’re a lingerie company that sells mostly to women and couples, but we do some adult products,” he says.
The sign was placed at a new location near Highway 6 and Glenn Lakes Alley in Missouri City. The shelves were filled with goods, but the windows were covered and the doors locked.
Gant, the director of operations for 18 of Cindie’s 30 stores across the Cindie area, said talks with the city manager about opening new stores began last summer and The conversations seem to begin as well. He said he had subsequent conversations with city officials including Jennifer Thomas-Gomez, the city’s director of development services.
“We had a few conversations,” Grant said. “I explained to her exactly what we are and what we do. She said, ‘We’d love to have you. Come in,’ and I tried to reiterate that I didn’t want to hide anything. anything to anyone. We sell adult novelties.”
Gant said things stalled during the final inspection when he said the business was, by city ordinance, considered a “sexually oriented business.”
“The stock of underwear and other shower gels, lotions, things like that, accounts for about 85 percent,” Gant said. The adult group is 15% to 16%,” says Gant.
He said he hasn’t been told by the City of Missouri what their interpretation of the word ‘important’ is.
“What’s your interpretation of the word important? That’s what your ordinance says. What is ‘important’ to you, and I’ll stick to the reason. I’ll gladly follow,” Gant said.
Gant sent ABC13 a letter in which Cindie’s submitted an application for a new adult merchandise store on or about August 30, 2021. The application demonstrates the use of the rental space to be used as such. a “new adult store”. Cindie’s later filed a correction stating that the space would be used for “underwear retail”.
The City of Missouri sent Cindie officials a letter stating that city employees, in good faith, continue to process applications in the belief that the retail use of the subject rental space will be retail. without items that can make the land aphrodisiac- business-oriented regulations.
In the letter, it is stated that on December 21, 2021, a city inspector observed a significant amount of new tools, equipment, supplies and items designed for use or continued use. Marketed primarily for the stimulation of the human genitalia has been displayed in pre-sale demonstrations and packaged for individual sale at the subject address. The city added that it has no objection to Cindie’s inventory, but that the refusal to issue a residency permit is based on the zoning necessary for use such as the proposed actual use.
So we went to town hall to clarify why the planning permit was denied.
The city manager sent ABC13 the following report:
“Cindie’s is represented by attorneys, through which they filed an appeal with the city’s zoning board regarding the adjustment. As such, we are unable to comment on specifics regarding the matter. pending.”
Gant said he and his attorney are appealing the decision through the city’s Zoning Adjustment and Appeals Commission under Section 18.2 of the Zoning Ordinance.
Gant said it will meet with the city for a zoning hearing scheduled to take place in the next few weeks.
“From there, hopefully we’ll get some information, and we’ll get some answers and maybe open the store,” he said.
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