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FARGO, N.D. -- Stop-N-Go Stores Inc. customers will have to go elsewhere for adult magazines. The Inforum reported the convenience store chain removed the adult magazines that were previously from six Stop-N-Go stores, and others pulled the magazines last 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," Sheldon Ellig, who owns the chain, told the Fargo-Moorhead news source. "So, all we're trying to do is, we want to keep everybody happy, and we want to minimize the problem."
Ellig wouldn't confirm whether the move was companywide, but said: "We're not going to want to discriminate."
Stop-N-Go has more than 20 locations in North Dakota and Minnesota, including more than a dozen in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, according to the company's Web site.
Stop-N-Go isn't the first convenience store in Fargo-Moorhead to shed its adult magazine section. Kum & Go was purged of pornographic materials two or three years ago after an e-mailed edict from corporate headquarters, said Clark Ridgway, a manager at a store in Fargo.
Ridgway said he's not sure why the decision was made, but he said it hasn't hurt the business.
A manager at a competing convenience store in Fargo, who declined to give his name because official statements must come from his corporate office, called it a "big statement" for Stop-N-Go to pull the magazines, which he said are a high-sales, high-profit item.
"That would be like pulling cigarettes," he said.