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Adult Supercenter moving to old Club Exotica site; John Cornetta Not Involved in New Operation

Macon, Georgia- An adult video and sex toy shop is set to open in the building that was last home to Club Exotica.

The Adult Supercenter promises to be open 24 hours a day at the former nightclub’s Emery Highway location, and it will carry adult-themed merchandise at what appears to be Bibb County’s only store exclusively devoted to the medium.

An attorney representing the store’s owner – a Florida corporation called Speedway Video Inc. – said he expects a quiet existence despite the address’ history of controversy. During the past six years, county commissioners and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office targeted the now-defunct Club Exotica, where nude dancing led to numerous arrests, no convictions and a slew of legal actions in both state and federal courts.

“That was just a very different kind of business,” said Gary Edinger, the Gainesville, Fla., attorney speaking for the new owners. “This is just a retail store. They’re pretty quiet. … The police don’t typically bother them, and there’s typically nothing to bother about.”

There will be no alcohol or nude dancing at the new business. Bibb County has an adult entertainment ordinance, but it generally deals with live shows, particularly the combination of adult entertainment and the sale of alcohol.

The new business also will operate without the influence of John Cornetta,[pictured] the adult video store impresario once dubbed “The King of Porn” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cornetta is the former owner of Club Exotica, and he smiled while taking shots at the county officials who tried to reign in his business, defending his profession through lawyers and the First Amendment.

Cornetta said he has nothing to do with the Bibb County store, though he did handle some of the zoning issues before selling the building. Cornetta offered some parting comments on the county’s likely response to another adult business taking over at 2025 Emery Highway.

“God, Hale’s going to have a heart attack,” he said.

Hale Almand was the county’s primary attorney in a series of legal battles over the club, which stayed open and dry after the county yanked its liquor license. It eventually closed as business waned.

Bibb County Sheriff Jerry Modena and Bibb County Commission Chairman Charlie Bishop both took something of a wait-and-see attitude about the new store Tuesday.

“I’m sure that our sheriff will be looking at that to make sure that there’s no laws being violated out there,” Bishop said.

Said Modena: “There will be some things that we will watch. We don’t know exactly what they’re going to put in there. … As long as they stay within the law, then they’ll have no problems with us.”

The store will open as soon as Edinger, the lawyer for the new owners, has a copy of the business license in hand, he said. That license was applied for Tuesday, and Edinger said he expected to have a copy in his office by Tuesday evening. An employee at the store said he expects to be open today.

Edinger wouldn’t be specific about who owns the store now, but he said that Speedway Video Inc. is part of the X-Mart Adult Superstore chain. Speedway is based in south Florida, and Edinger said he thinks this is the group’s first store in Georgia. Speedway is not yet certified to do business in Georgia but only has to clear up a simple paperwork issue and can operate now on a temporary basis, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

In Florida, the company’s registered agent is named Evgueni Souliaguine, but a man answering at Souliaguine’s telephone number declined comment.

Edinger estimated the store’s size at 9,000 square feet.

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