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Clubs to Be Named for Paris Hilton

October 17, 2004

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Paris Hilton knows something about nightclubs, so it makes sense the hotel heiress is the inspiration for a handful of clubs that will bear her name.

Club Paris, named after ``The Simple Life″ star, plans to open on New Year’s Eve in Orlando. Local businessman Fereidoun ``Fred″ Khalilian hopes to open other Club Paris nightclubs in Las Vegas, New York City, Miami Beach, London and Paris.

Hilton will earn a ``seven-figure″ signing bonus for lending her name to the club. In return, she is contractually obligated to appear at the club at least twice a month. Hilton also helped select the interior design and is scheduled to attend the opening.

``Anything she touches is big,″ he said. ``The marketing is unbelievable.″

The club will have state-of-the-art DJ booths, a separate martini-and-cigar lounge and a VIP section, Khalilian said.

``I think the notion of Orlando being a tourist destination makes it a good location,″ said Peter Lopez, Hilton’s entertainment attorney. ``Obviously, if there’s a club there with her name on it, she’s going to have an interest in seeing that it does well.″

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