We are thrilled to report that the “FUK U Lingerie and Love Shop” has closed its doors. Good riddance.
We have reported on this problem location extensively. Last October, a huge sign reading “FUK U” went up on a storefront on Melrose just east of Curson. After neighborhood leaders consulted with the Melrose Village Property Owners Association, the owner of that storefront cancelled the store’s lease and ordered that the obscene sign be taken down.
Unfortunately, the “FUK U” store found a nearby property owner who made it clear that he did not care about the neighborhood, and the shop opened just west of Curson in January. Property owner Sammy Younai dismissed the concerns of residents, including parents of small children and observant Orthodox Jews. The hostile and disrespectful attitude of Younai and the store owners brought a strong negative reaction from community members.
After the store opened, some residents suggested making a big issue out of the signage with the media and City Council. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed, as other residents pointed out that such controversy would just play into the hands of the store owners, who were cynically looking to attract attention to themselves. They were behaving like a child throwing a temper tantrum when he doesn’t get candy – and the best thing to do with a child throwing a temper tantrum is to ignore him. And that turned out to be the right thing to do with this shop.
Happily, the store did not sell many of their “lingerie and love shop” items, and they closed within six months. Even more happily, their obscene signage is now gone, replaced by a For Lease sign.
And to Sammy Younai and the store owners, we can only send you off with the most succinct of messages: from the bottom of our hearts, FUK U.