There’s a whole lot more drama to the Highland Village Tootsies shutdown battle than just that little overnight lockout, jackhammered walkway, and side-door goodbye sale customers got to enjoy late last week: The Chron‘s Purva Patel reports Tootsies sought a restraining order against the Highland Village Shopping Center, claiming the center was “interfering with its business.” Oh, but that was only after the landlord began eviction proceedings against the women’s clothing boutique on January 4th, a full 5 days after the long-term lease on its only Houston store expired.
The store paid rent of $159,834 at December’s end, but Highland Village plans to return the money, according to court records. The store plans to send it again.
Swamplot photographer Candace Garcia has pics of the scene in front the store at 4045 Westheimer from Saturday morning, just as workers were beginning to scrape off what sure looks like a fresh coat of black paint from the store’s windows. Oh, but that’s not all the trouble Highland Village CEO Haidar Barbouti‘s merry band of graffiti artists caused for its extended tenant. Painted over, and possibly beyond recovery: those “Tootsies Parking” signs on the curb in front!
Red cones were still placed around a section of the front terrazzo walkway that had been jackhammered away, highlighting what appears to be a quick concrete repair job:
Can landlord and tenant patch things up too? Patel notes in an update that the dispute has now been resolved “in Tootsies’ favor.” All the black paint has been removed, and the stores’ closing sale will continue until the end of the month. A Tootsies spokesperson promises the store will move — then.
- Highland Village and Tootsies go to court over eviction [Prime Property]
- Previously on Swamplot: Highland Village Lockout Drama: Step Away from the Tootsies!
Photos: Candace Garcia