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Selig Enterprises is on an eviction-filing spree with the Superior Court of Fulton County, having issued at least eight notices since early June citing unpaid rent totaling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“To get possession of a space, we have to go through the legal process,” Bill Stogner, senior vice president of retail for Selig, told What Now Atlanta (WNA) in a telephone interview Wednesday. “CamiCakes, for example, permanently closed its doors, left everything behind, and walked out.”
Panera Bread in Ansley Mall has also permanently shuttered, according to Stogner, and owes nearly $41,000 in unpaid rent. Metrotainment Bakery has the largest outstanding bill having racked up $63,500 in rent not paid in March, April, May, and June, according to eviction filings obtained by WNA Wednesday.
“The Bakery closed in March 2020 because of the pandemic and has not been operating since that time,” a spokesperson for the bakery, which is owned by Metrotainment Cafes, told WNA in an email Wednesday. They said as of today there were no plans to reopen.
“We have over 1400 retail tenants across the southeast and provided nearly 430 of them rent relief, deferrals, and abatements, at their request,” Stogner said. “We worked with all of our tenants and the eight we’ve filed evictions for, we couldn’t come to an agreement with or they refused to respond to us.”
When the coronavirus outbreak forced brick-and-mortar businesses to close in mid-March, early-April, Selig created a committee to determine the best way to handle its tenants’ cashflow issues and its own. “We reached out to tenants and tenants reached out to us,” Stogner said. “Each case stands on its own but it’s in our best interest to work with our tenants and keep them in business and that has been and continues to be our approach.”
Here’s the entire list of active Selig evictions in Fulton County (click the business’ name to see the filing):
CamiCakes Cupcakes—$18,379.57 due in total for April, May, and June2221 Peachtree Rd B, Atlanta, GA 30309
Dead Tech Records—$9,718.85 due in total for April, May, and June1588 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Greek Grill, Fish & Chips—$13,390.79 due in total for February, March, April, May, and June20 Broad St. SW Atlanta, GA 30303
Mahamadou Dukuray—$11,152.02 due in total for February, March, April, May, and June4725 Bakers Ferry Rd SW Atlanta, GA 30336
Metrotainment Bakery—$63,406.85 due in total for March, April, May, and June1119 Logan Cir NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Panera Bread—$40,588.76 due in total for April, May, and June1544 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Royal Manufacturing—$20,901.18 due in total for February, March, April, May, and June5315 Tulane Dr SW Ste E Atlanta, GA 30336
Sunny Nail Salon—$30,725.94 due in total for February, March, April, May, and June27 Peachtree St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
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