As reported in the July 12 Gazette, The Coin Emporium of Hadley, which had about 2,000 adult items on display in addition to its 29,000 coins, ceased operations on June 30.
Among other things, the store violated a part of Hadley’s bylaw that states, ‘No adult entertainment use shall be allowed to disseminate or offer to disseminate adult matter or paraphernalia to minors or suffer minors to view displays or linger on the premises.’
Hadley Building Inspector Timothy Neyhart thanked The Coin Emporium’s landlord, David Thatcher, for assisting the town. Thatcher leased out the space as part of the Norwottuck Inn Holding Co.
Neyhart said it’s up to property owners to ensure that they are not leasing to questionable businesses.
‘The diligence has to be with the owners of the stores,’ Neyhart said. ‘They have to have contracts written in a way to help protect the town.’
Unlike the town, store owners do not typically confront First Amendment issues when deciding who can lease space, Neyhart said.
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