Friday, August 21, 2015

Will Santa Monica Hardware Store Be Screwed by UCLA?

From the Santa Monica Daily Press:

Busy Bee Hardware, located at 1521 Santa Monica Blvd., is being sued by the Regents of the University of California for damages caused to their property at 1525 Santa Monica Blvd. The two properties are adjacent to each other and the dispute is based on a shared wall that is part of the Busy Bee business, but sits on the UCLA [health] property...

Busy Bee... hired a lawyer when the situation began in 2014; they cannot afford ongoing legal fees and are currently without legal representation. “[Busy Bee] has been running at a loss over the past few years, partially due to current economic challenges, but most severely impacted in a negative way over the last year while UCLA was demolishing the building next door, we saw an immediate and substantial loss of customer flow that coincided with the demolition project next door,” [Joseph Hunter, supervisor of Busy Bee] said. Hunter said that if this case goes to trial, “Busy Bee will most certainly go bankrupt.”

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