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Club 152 given permission to reopen

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A judge gave the club owners permission to open the doors Friday afternoon. A judge gave the club owners permission to open the doors Friday afternoon.
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(WMC-TV) - With a big weekend planned to include the Grizzlies game, Red Birds, and the Sunset Symphony taking place – it is no surprise the owners of Club 152 agreed to re-open under certain conditions.

A judge gave the club owners permission to open the doors Friday afternoon.

"I didn't have any money for my bills or anything," said server Amber Norris who is happy to be back at work.

She, and 100 other Club 152 employees, were temporarily out of work for a week following a raid by the Shelby County District Attorney who shut down then establishment.

Investigators charged former employee Frank Gilmore and two others with selling drugs inside the club following a months long investigation.

Gilmore was advised by his attorney not to talk.

An attorney representing the club said the actions of just a few employees penalized everyone.

Club 152 opened under the conditions set out in a settlement Friday morning.

Owners are now required to fire anyone involved in the nuisance action while other employees must attend anti-drug and other classes.

The club must pay $4,000 to the drug task force who conducted the raid. Also, they must submit all current and future employees to a criminal background check.

There is a lot to lose if Club 152 fails to comply.

Club owners estimate they lost well over six figures during the shutdown. They will remain under court supervision for the next year.

Since the closure, the owners have conducted background checks, drug testing, and held meetings with employees in an effort to resolve some of the issues brought to light during an investigation conducted by the Memphis Police Department.

Officers raided the club and shut it down with a court order on May 16.

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