The fate of three businesses in one city in the east went before a judge Monday morning.
The Greenville Stop One, Pitt Stop Number One and Superfresh Convenience Stores are still under the city's control for now.
On Monday, property owners along with Greenville Assistant Attorney, Bill Little, went before a judge about the temporary restraining order.
The judge continued to case until October 12th.
Little says the closure of the stores sets an example on what to do about crime.
If the city retains ownership, a judge could turn over the properties to the Pitt County School Board. They could use the property or sell it for profit.