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Planet K opens in Bryan after months of legal issues

After months of dealing with city ordinances and citations, Planet K opened its doors to customers in the Brazos Valley.

BRYAN, Texas — Planet K opened its doors on Monday after a lengthy legal battle with the city.

After eight months, roughly 30 citations and one lawsuit, Planet K owner, Michael Kleinman is thanking the City of Bryan for ending, what he calls, a "bureaucratic nightmare."

Beginning in September of 2018, Planet K had issues opening its store.

“They created the last 8 months of unnecessary government wastefulness disguised as the enforcement of the ‘rules and regulations,’” Kleinman said.

The City of Bryan had issues with the size of the store’s sign, improvements that needed to be made to the property, and what sort of items were allowed to be sold inside.

In November 2018. Kleinman sued the city, claiming their sign ordinance was unconstitutional.

After months of dealing with the litigation, Kleinman was upset with all of it.

“Was the height and size difference in our previous sign, this sign over here, worth the tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars wasted in compelling its change," he asked.

The issues eventually ended with a settlement in February.

To operate, the store had to remove and redo their sign, redo their parking lot and landscaping and from there, go through inspections.

As part of the agreement, all the citations against the store were dropped, according to Kleinman.

On Monday, the store celebrated with music for their grand opening celebration.

Kleinman was happy to see his loyal clientele join the fun. 

“They supported us while we were outside in the parking lot...Now we hope they’ll enjoy coming inside and supporting us even more,” he said. 

“Hopefully, the worst is over…and we can just go about doing our business; Which is making people happy.”