Classen Curve moves to evict two tenants in Oklahoma City
The Classen Curve shopping center has started eviction proceedings against two tenants, the modern home furnishings retailer BD Home and one of its larger restaurant tenants, Cafe 501.
Classen Curve, which is owned by the Ohio-based retail investment trust Washington Prime Group, filed forcible entry and detainer lawsuits against both tenants on Friday in Oklahoma County District Court.
Shopping center management declined to comment on the tenant evictions.
In court documents, Washington Prime Group claims Cafe 501 defaulted on its lease in September.
"It's not just us, it's something that's going on with many of the retailers here," said Margaret Holloway, owner of Cafe 501.
Holloway did not want to comment on the matter further.
In court documents, Washington Prime Group claims BD Home defaulted on its lease in July and owes $89,822 in back rent. BD Home sells high-end modern home furnishings and lighting. Calls and messages to the store were not returned.
"Tenant remains in possession of the premises," Washington Prime Group claims in its lawsuit against BD Home. "Despite landlord's multiple notices and demands for payment and full performance of its obligations under the lease, tenant has failed, refused and continues to fail and refuse, to perform its obligations under the lease."
Classen Curve recently announced it is nearly fully leased, some six years after opening.
The Oklahoma City Planning Commission approved Washington Prime Group's application to expand the shopping center, adding about 32,000 square feet of new retail space.
Plans filed with the planning commission show designs for shops on a vacant tract that now is surrounded by parking between NW 57 and Classen.
CORRECTION: A story on Page 1C incorrectly stated that the modern furnishings store BD Home at the Classen Curve shopping center has closed. That information came from a lawsuit filed by the shopping center owners. The store is still open. (This story has been corrected.)