Pet Works at Grossmont Center Shopping Mall, permanently closed the doors of its 2700+ sq ft puppy store in December, 2010. In January, the mall sued owner Richard Fuller for $800,000 and attorney fees to recover money owed on the lease. The lease was set to expire in January 2015.
Fuller filed a countersuit this month, alleging that Grossmont Center didn’t protect his pet store from the weekly protests. Fuller maintains the protests caused him to lose revenue and eventually close the store.
The filing contends: “Fuller was forced, due to the breaches of the lease on the part of Grossmont Center, and due to ‘civil commotion’ … to shut and abandon the Pet Works store … and to stop paying rent under the lease.”
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