Town Center Mall owner sues former tenant Boston Market for back rent

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By: Dale King
Contributing Writer

The owner of Town Center at Boca Raton Mall has filed a lawsuit against one of its former food court tenants, Boston Market, claiming the fast-casual food chain best known for its rotisserie chicken and family style dishes “materially breached the lease by failing to pay rent and state sales taxes.”

According to court records, the litigation was filed Jan. 30 by the law firm of McKenna, McCausland & Murphy of Fort Lauderdale, and seeks “in excess of $30,000” to cover unpaid rent, attorney fees and “other relief,” the document states.

Phone calls for comment made to the law firm’s office and to Boston Market’s corporate headquarters in Golden, Colo., were not answered or returned.

In the suit, the law firm claims Boston Market Corporation signed a lease for 3,357-square-feet of space in the mall’s food court in June of 2015. The lease, which the suit says was to run for 10 years, required a base rent payment of $74,000 for the first year, running up to $96,553 for the 10th year. The restaurant was also required to pay a portion of sales receipts to the mall, according to the suit.

Newspaper records say Boston Market opened in the mall’s food court in the latter part of 2015. The suit says the restaurant chain “permanently vacated and abandoned the [food court] premises on or about Jan. 20, 2020.”

According to the internet, Boston Market, which opened in 1985 as Boston Chicken, in an empty store in Newton, Mass., just west of Boston, experienced tremendous growth during its first few years.

The internet says the corporation expanded rapidly, running up considerable debt in the process. In October 1998, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and nearly 400 locations were closed down. Burger giant McDonald’s Corp. purchased the company in 2000 for $173 million.

Seven years later, McDonald’s sold the struggling firm to Sun Capital Partners in Boca Raton.