Wellington Green moves to evict struggling women’s clothing retailer


The Mall at Wellington Green is seeking to evict retailer Love Culture from its 9,999-square-foot space at the shopping center.

Los Angeles-based Love Culture owes the shopping center $205,569 in unpaid rent and other charges, landlord TM Wellington Green Mall LP said in a suit filed this week in Palm Beach County.

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Love Culture, which had more than 75 stores nationally when it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in 2014, sells women’s clothing. The retailer emerged from bankruptcy earlier this year.

Dresses are priced at $14.95 to $49.95, according to the merchant’s website.

Love Culture’s 10-year lease calls for payments of $18,298 a month, according to documents filed with the suit.

Mall owners such as Macerich and General Growth Properties have made a point of moving Love Culture locations out of their malls in recent years.

“We've been able to replace weak retailers like Love Culture, RadioShack, Cache, Wet Seal and Coldwater Creek with more contemporary retail concept that include Anthropologie, Timberland, vineyard vines, UNIQLO, adidas, Soft Surroundings and H&M,” Macercich Chief Operating Officer Robert Perlmutter told analysts last year.

The Mall at Wellington Green, for its part, has been shifting its focus from traditional retailers to tenants that sell food and entertainment. The move is part of a nationwide trend as the retail sector finds itself roiled by Amazon.


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