Determining The Future of Pamela's Secret

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Following up on the sentencing of Pamela's Secrets owner Augustus Julias, the store remains boarded up on South Main Street.

Julias did agree to pay the United States more than $86,000 in cash, so the lot remains in his name and the store front stays.

It's been closed down for more than a year and could stay that way.

Lou Armentrout is the office manager at Leon's Electric, the business directly next door to Pamela's Secrets.

Armentrout's in-laws have lived and worked here since the store opened; Armentrout said there was never a problem.

"Really you didn't hear a lot out of them. There was traffic, but you never saw anything that was unusual. He was a good neighbor," said Armentrout.

She doesn't mind the empty building next door and said it's quiet and she actually uses it as a landmark.

"All I have to say is, do you know where the Pamela's Secrets business is? We're right next door," said Armentrout.

The land still belongs to Julias and in the nine years he's away things could change, but it doesn't make a difference to Armentrout.

"He decides to sell it, and another business moves in, that would be fine. I don't think anybody is going to try and tear it down or anything of the sort," said Armentrout.

Prosecutors could have decided to make Julias forfeit this property to the government because of the criminal activity that took place inside the building.

If Julias does end up losing the property while he's in jail, Armentrout wouldn't mind having a replacement.

"It's pretty quiet. You have the car dealerships and other things up and down this stretch. So, I look forward to another business coming into Harrisonburg," said Armentrout.

The building was never seized by the government, it was just shut down and used as evidence.

With the case over, the property will be treated like any other and will likely be there for years.


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