New Vape/Pawn Shop and Abandoned Porn Theater Megaplex Threatens Monroe Ave Business

Rochester, NY- A new Megaplex that’s opening downtown will serve a large cross-section of the community and bring employment opportunities, but not everyone is excited about the new project.

The building will include a vape shop, a pawn shop where you can sell your neighbor’s laptop, an abandoned porn theater, and a bar that constantly has fistfights out front. While many people are excited for the chance to get all their sad business done in one stop, Monroe Ave business owners say this will produce unfriendly competition.

“Sure, there are seventeen stores where you can buy CBD within a one mile stretch of Monroe, but as soon as there’s somewhere corporate to buy fake weed, it’s over for all of us!” Said Randy “Cloudman” Rettle, owner of an area Vape Lounge, who also asked that we refer to his bongs as “water pipes.”

Area residents are also worried, Jeff Wilse, who lives on the Avenue, wondered “If we lose the old porn theater which building am I supposed to pee on and scream at late at night?”

Future plans for the complex include several stores that sell weird gifts that no one really uses or would necessarily even want, which could impact the retail-driven businesses on Monroe and in the neighboring Park Avenue area. When asked if his business would be affected, a pawn shop owner asked us to stop writing things down and leave immediately, and it was kinda scary, you guys.

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