Lubbock's Only Strip Club Could Be Closing It's Doors
It's the only strip club inside the Lubbock city limits. It was once called Players, but it's now called Baby Dolls and is painted bright pink on the outside.
Charles Westlund of California bought Players from a Lubbock lawyer in August. He updated the business information in order to keep the permit and, at the same time, he tried to renew his permit for next year. But the Lubbock Police Department rejected it.
Police Chief Claude Jones told NewsChannel 11 over the phone the reason was because Westlund failed to give complete information on the application. However, Jones would not tell us exactly what was missing. But city councilman Tom Martin did. Martin says Westlund failed to fill out his criminal history because he has a criminal background.
NewxChannel 11 tried to contact Westlund in California but was not able to reach him. Westlund is appealing his case to the Permits and Licensing Board. It's a group of citizens who will decide if the decision will stand or if Westlund will get his permit. The city of Lubbock has not set a hearing date yet.
Currently sexually oriented businesses are not allowed inside the city limits, but this particular club was operating under a grandfather clause because it existed before the ordinance. This building is operating under a sexually oriented permit, so city councilman Tom Martin says as long as it remains the same type of business, the ownership does not matter.
NewsChannel 11 did some research and found information in other reports that Westlund owns several strip clubs in Memphis, Tennessee and California.