Trying to move a business in 90 days is going to be tough,” explains Neil Tinney, owner of Massageology. Since taking over they enacted a clause in the tenants’ lease forcing them out in three months.
He says he and other tenants are scrambling. Tinney explains, “To only give us such a little amount of time to try and move a business that we’ve tried to build over the past few years, I don’t know if we can do it.”
And with that came this letter that says every tenant at the strip mall needs to be out in 90 days, which is June 8th. A spokesperson for the OPMC says in part, “We have given them a 90 day notice in accordance with their lease in order to allow them time to find another location and to relocate.”
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“They’ve put us in a tough situation to try and find a building in Middleburg when there’s not really much left out here.” Many of the businesses have been around for years, their clients depend on them.
OPMC says it understands the disruption and is working with the current tenants to help them with the transition. “This building that I’m trying to purchase is going to cost me about $140,000 at the end of the day and for small business, we don’t have that kind of money.” For Tinney, he’s in the works of buying a new space down the road. But the costs following a pandemic were something he wasn’t prepared for.
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