Montreal strip clubs struggling in digital age
DORVAL – In a sign of the times, a Dorval strip club on Côte-de-Liesse could soon close after 40 years in business.
Chez Françis is up for sale; on the market for $975,000.
“If somebody is just buying this property, they’re going to demolish [it],” said Jim Parsons, the realtor selling the property.
There are two strip clubs in the City of Dorval; both are allowed to operate because of “acquired right” bylaws.
Years ago, Dorval changed its bylaws to prohibit new strip clubs from opening.
“There is a decision from the council and administration that these are the types of businesses that we don’t really want,” said Edgar Rouleau, the Mayor of Dorval.
Other strip clubs in Montreal have closed or are undergoing renovations.
“The market is going down everyday,” said Peter Sergakis, a Montreal bar owner.
Sergakis owns Amazones, a strip club on Saint-Jacques Street in NDG.
He recently spent $1 million on interior renovations.
He argued the ubiquitous accessibility of adult entertainment online is making it very difficult to compete.
“The market [is] changing, people sitting in front of their computer and they navigate whatever they want to go, so things have changed,” he told Global News.
For decades, Montreal has been known as Canada’s “sin city” and Sergakis insists the strip club business is good for the city’s bottom line.
“If we want to attract tourists we need all this because it brings people from the States, from other provinces and other countries too,” he said.
But Montreal’s bureaucratic rules make it very difficult for new strip clubs to open once they’ve closed.
Chez Françis in Dorval is one that won’t likely stay open once it is finally sold.
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