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Salisbury Rejects Another Lingerie Store Sign

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SALISBURY, Md.- A new Salisbury business is once again butting heads with the city over a sign with controversial wording.  The new lingerie shop on Route 13 in Salisbury has put a new sign in the storefront window that reads "Red Light District Lingerie." Mayor Jim Ireton tells WBOC the city will not allow that sign to remain up.

Despite the store making headlines over its title and merchandise, Muhammad Khan, a business owner just next door is excited for the business to open.

"It will increase my traffic, it will increase my business and it will have an impact in the Salisbury economy also," said Khan.

New additions to the storefront include the new sign which the city has deemed to not be a banner.  In Salisbury, a banner may stay up for 14 days without a permit.  But Mayor Jim Ireton said the use of this sign will be denied just like the requests for store signs that read "Red Light District" and "Red Light Lingerie."  Also new to the windows of the store are mannequins wearing lingerie. 

Parrish Haile works just a few doors down from the new business and fears the storefront may be sending the wrong message.

"It's not the point that they are right there, I know they are going to be making money. It is the fact that the younger kids that are going to be walking around, and everybody seeing it and it is promoting sexual activity for younger ages," said Haile.

Salisbury also wants to ensure the business is not an adult retail store.  Owners of the business tell WBOC that the shop is a lingerie store and is just like any other retail store in Salisbury. Ireton said that city representatives will visit the shop on Tuesday to take a look at the store's stock and floor plan. In Salisbury, up 20 percent of a store's stock, floor plan and sales may be related to adult material.  Any more than 20 percent and the store in considered to be an adult retail store.  Because of the shop's proximity to homes and a church, an adult retail store would be illegal in that location.

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