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Shopping center sues former tenant for $46k in back rent

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Alamance Crossing is suing the owners of a salon for allegedly failing to pay nearly $46,000 for rent and other monthly expenses.

Alamance Crossing filed the lawsuit in Alamance County civil superior court last week against Ignite, Inc., which operated the Fire Salon & Spa in Suite 212 at the mall. The mall is seeking to recover $45,980.73 in “arrears,” plus related costs.

In its suit, Alamance Crossing alleges that the salon’s owners originally entered into a 10-year lease for a space at the mall in November 2011, agreeing to pay base rent, plus utilities, taxes, and maintenance. The lease was subsequently modified in February 2012, pushing the scheduled expiration date to January 31, 2022, according to the court file.

The salon had been located at 3156 Walden Lane, Burlington, in suite 212, near Red Robin and Red Bowl Asian Bistro, according to court documents and the store directory for Alamance Crossing.

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However, the mall’s owners acknowledge in their suit that documents were filed with the Secretary of State’s office last month to dissolve the company, Ignite, Inc.

The articles of dissolution listed Dario Scimone of Mebane and Sebastian Steele of Reidsville as the president and vice president, respectively, for Ignite, Inc. The salon appears to have originally opened in 2007 at a location south of Graham, at 1647 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, Unit B307, before moving the following year to a strip shopping center at 2348 Tribek Court in Burlington and later relocating to the mall, according to annual reports filed with the Secretary of State’s office.

In addition to alleged outstanding payments under the terms of the lease, the mall is also seeking to recover its attorney’s fees and costs for filing the action. Alamance Crossing is being represented by the Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros law firm in Winston-Salem.

The court file gives no indication that the defendants had been served with the lawsuit by press time.

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