- By Jeff Ostrowski Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The Mall at Wellington Green says the operator of the Taco Bell in the mall’s food court has stopped paying rent and now owes nearly $539,000.
The mall this week filed suit against Hamlyn Ramochan, Abdul Sakr and Ali Yassine, operators of the 824-square-foot Taco Bell at the mall.
“Defendant is in default under and in breach of the lease as a result, among other things, of its failure to pay rent ... and other charges,” an attorney for the mall wrote in a May letter.
As of Jan. 31, the mall said, the Taco Bell operators owed $43,729.47 in unpaid rent and other charges. The fast food joint pays a monthly base rent of $4,167, plus common area maintenance of more than $6,000 a month, an electrical bill of $803, marketing expenses of $466, insurance and other charges.
Because the tenant is in default of its lease, the mall said, the Taco Bell operators must pay rent and other expenses through January 2021 totaling $538,773.
In the priciest property sale in Palm Beach County history, the Mall at Wellington Green in 2014 changed hands for $341 million. The mall is owned by Chicago-based Starwood Retail Partners.