NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Some call it a landmark at downtown Nashville’s front door, while others are glad it will be gone from its prominent location, a major Interstate 40 exit.
But either way, the Deja Vu strip club isn’t going away or very far, even though its property was sold this week.
“It’s all about timing. The developers wanted this property; we wanted a bigger place,” said Deja Vu spokesperson Tracy O’Neill. “Corporate has been considering expanding for quite some time, but our current location doesn’t really allow for any expansion.”
O’Neill says the club has long been aware that its location had a precious piece of property as the Gulch-12th Avenue area near downtown Nashville transformed from often empty lots or old buildings to one of high-rise residential towers and retail.
That means few eyes were raised with the property’s reported $6.5 million sale, but some top Nashville officials have gone on the record, glad the strip club will be gone from one of the downtown gateways.
The club is quick to say its the property, not the business, that’s being sold, and the agreement with the new buyers, a local developer called DAC, allows the club to operate for another 18 months on the site.
After that, a city statute says any relocation has to somewhere in the downtown area.
“Adult entertainment businesses in Nashville are restricted to what’s called the Adult Business Overlay. It’s basically a circle around downtown Nashville about where we can locate,” explained O’Neill.
As baseball player Yogi Berra once famously said, “Its deja vu all over again,”but in this case, just in a different place.