Stop-N-Go, which runs more than 20 locations in North Dakota and Minnesota, has stopped selling adult magazines at its stores.
The chain’s owner, Sheldon Ellig, told the Grand Forks Herald adult magazines were previously removed from six Stop-N-Go stores and other stores pulled the magazines from shelves this week.
“We have had a number of people ask us to take them out, so we’re saying-even though we have some customers that are going to make a scene that we don’t have them-we have to deal with the majority of the customers that come into our store,” he said. “So, all we’re trying to do is we want to keep everybody happy, and we want to minimize the problem.”
He didn’t confirm whether the move was companywide, but said, “We’re not going to want to discriminate.”
More than a dozen of Stop-N-Go’s stores are located in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, and isn’t the first c-store chain in that area to shed its adult magazine section. Kum & Go stopped selling adult magazines a few years ago after an e-mailed edict from its corporate headquarters, said Clark Ridgway, manager at the 13th Avenue South store in Fargo.
A manager at a competing convenience store in Fargo, who declined to give his name told the Grand Forks Herald it was a “big statement” for Stop-N-Go to pull such a high-sales, high-profit item. “That would be like pulling cigarettes,” he said.