WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The suspension of the Rhino Club's alcohol permits has some neighboring businesses talking about the future of downtown.
Many of the businesses on Market Street have seen first hand the flashing blue lights, the crowds in the street and the bloody brawls. Some say monday morning's murder was an unfortunate wake-up call.
Neighbors say there have been fights on Market Street at least once a weekend for the past several months. Not only do the brawls pose a danger for the employees working late at night, but some say it's been hurting their sales.
Word of the Rhino Club's alcohol suspension comes as a surprise to some businesses on Market, as they feel the Rhino Club is not to blame for the chaos in downtown Wilmington. Others say it's about time.
"It's not surprising to me," said Matthew Sexton, who works on Market Street. "Do I wish that they did? I'm not going to say that I do or don't wish that they did lose their license, but it's not surprising to me at all. After so many fights coming from that particular business but also different businesses too letting out at 2 a.m."
The alcohol suspension for the Rhino Club is effective today.