A lease dispute between a commercial landlord and a tenant who runs a Dairy Queen Grill and Chill fast-food store in the Columbus Center shopping area is scheduled for a court hearing before Bartholomew County Superior Court Judge James Worton on March 29.
The civil case revolves around the landlord’s contention that Sachleben Realty LLC in Columbus hasn’t paid rent in more than a year and owes $43,820.73.
An affidavit from April Williams, a credit collections manager with New York-based Brixmor Property Group, was filed with the lawsuit earlier this month. A Brixmor subsidiary, New Plan Excel Realty Trust, holds the lease on the DQ Grill and Chill.
The landlord’s lawsuit is attempting to evict the fast-food tenant from its home at 2215 Columbus People Trail, near 22nd Street and North National Road.
New York-based Brixmor is the second-largest owner of community and neighborhood shopping centers in the United States. The company owns or manages 96 million square feet of space in 39 states, and deals with some of the largest names in retail and supermarkets such as Walmart, Kroger, Dollar Tree and Staples.
The lawsuit says Sachleben Realty signed a 20-year lease in June 2003 at about $25,000 a year in rent for the DQ store. But the company has refused to pay what it owes, the suit says.
Attempts to reach James Sachleben, principal with Sachleben Realty LLC, were unsuccessful. Brixmor is being represented by attorney Benjamin Niehoff in Bloomington.
The March 29 court hearing will take place at 10:30 a.m.
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