By Kevin Hogencamp
Hooters Being Evicted (UPDATED)
Hooters’ landlord has served eviction papers on the Albany restaurant for its failure to pay rent.
Property owner Joe Watkins says he hopes the business at 2817 Old Dawson Road remains open, but that he exhausted every opportunity work with Hooters before serving the business with a seven-day dispossessory notice.
“They’ve lied to me and now they have written a bad check are avoiding my phone calls,” Watkins said.
On Wednesday, Watkins had a huge banner erected on the Hooters storefront offering the building for sale or lease.
The restaurant’s manager, Chris Gilbert, referred questions to the company’s corporate headquarters in Claremont, N.C., but he said, “We’re not being evicted yet. We’re open through the weekend.”
Indeed, the restaurant is promoting a big Super Bowl party on Sunday.
Eddie Baldwin, the corporate officer responsible for the Albany location, did not return The Albany Journal’s telephone calls. In response to the Journal’s telephone messages, a man who identified himself as a spokesman for Albany Wings LLC provided this statement to the Journal:
“The lease has come up for renewal and both sides are obviously not in agreement on where that lease should be … and it is in the attorneys’ hands now. Obviously, as you can tell with the Harley dealership going out of business right here, it’s kind of telling you what we are dealing with. It’s an unfortunate situation.”
The spokesman refused to identify himself or answer any questions.
Watkins said Hooters’ lease 10-year lease expired Jan. 31, but there are no lease negotiations under way.
“They owe for December and January … ,” he said. “It’s us trying to collect money they owe.”