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Insurance coverage hikes forces BB’s Dollhouse to close doors

Posted on February 16, 2022 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Justin Seward


After 16 years in business, Redcliff’s BB’s Dollhouse strip club has closed its doors for good.

BB’s Dollhouse got the call a couple of weeks ago from its insurance broker, notifying the business its insurance company dropped them.

“The next cheapest insurance company was three-and-a-half times the current rate,” said owner Chris Czember.

“So that didn’t make it conducive to doing business because insurance is a very big bill for the bar industry. So I called around to other strip clubs and who they’re getting insured through and what not. I got one other quote and it was eight times what I was currently paying.”

Czember, who is a Redcliff town councillor, says it started about six years ago.

“My insurance broker, who has been fantastic to deal with and has been trying really hard for me – he called me about six years ago and said, ‘Well I have good news and I have bad news,’” said Czember.

“He says the bad news is your current insurer has dropped strip clubs. But the good news is that I found you a new insurance company for about the same price – OK, that’s great, so business carried on as normal. But always in the back of my mind, I know that these professional businesses, insurance companies and banks; they don’t like to deal with strip clubs for whatever reason.”

The tentative plan is to convert the building into a long-term rentals motel.

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