The new owner of the Kaluga shopping center San Mart sent 17 to tenants working in the shopping center for less than six months, an order to close stores. The list of those who have been instructed to stop work on August 1 includes 17 well-known and successful brands: Profi Sport, Yours, INCITY, Camelot, Intimissimi, Calzedonia, Gregory, Saints, “Letter”, Viking, Lady Collection, “Jeans Factory”, Step by step, World of Bags, Coral, Diamond Holding, which concluded on behalf of the RTDA Retail Development Association seven-year lease agreements with the former owner of the complex.
According to PDTA, “the depressive history of the half-empty Kaluga shopping center lasted more than three years, until the signing of a cooperation agreement between the former owner of the shopping center, London & Regional Properties (LRP), and the Association.” Having finalized the concept of “San Marta”, RTDA, on a partnership basis, invited well-known and successful brands of clothes, shoes and accessories to the 17 shopping center, signing with each of them in December 2010 the lease agreement for 7 years for a total area of 2500 thousand sq. M and jointly investing about 100 million rubles in repairs, equipment and collections Long-term leases were transferred to state registration.
In March-April of 2011, the owner of the shopping center changed, Sun-Mart became part of the Trading Quarter group of companies. The first step of the new owner was to suspend the registration of long-term contracts concluded by the previous owner in December 2010, and offer tenants new lease rates that exceed the previous 7-10 times.
In June 2011, RTDA, acting as a representative of the collective interests of tenants, won a lawsuit against Torgovy Kvartal and defended the rights of San Marta tenants to state registration of long-term contracts. The court recognized the actions of the new owner of the shopping center as illegal and ordered Torgovy Kvartal not to impede state registration of already concluded long-term agreements.
The search for compromise solutions to the dispute has not yet yielded results. Tenants were ordered to close their stores. Thus, unilaterally, the new owner of Sun Marta violates the terms of long-term lease agreements concluded with tenants for a period of 7 years in December 2010 of the previous owner of the shopping center, according to RTDA.
RTDA sent statements about possible provocations and unlawful actions on the part of Torgovaya Kvartal to the prosecutor’s office of the Kaluga Region, the Department for Combating Economic Crimes of the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Kaluga Region, the Office of the Federal Antimonopoly Service for the Kaluga Region, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and deputies of the regional branch of United Russia , to the regional branch of the Popular Front, as well as to the governor of the Kaluga Region.