COLUMBUS — Village Centre Ventures has filed a lawsuit accusing Bump and Beyond Kids Resale of violating its three-year store lease in Columbus and seeking more than $8,000 in past due rent, fees and other expenses.
The lawsuit was filed Sept. 25 in Platte County Court against Lincoln-based Chandler Investments LLC, doing business as Bump and Beyond, and alleges the defendant owes $8,047.33 in connection with unpaid rent, fees, taxes and insurance, according to an April 18 lease agreement.
The suit also seeks pre-judgement and post-judgement interest, as well as the costs of the court action, from the defendant.
Bump and Beyond had a soft opening at its Village Centre Mall location, 110 E. 24th St., in June. The resale and consignment store selling children’s clothing, toys, decorations and other childhood necessities operated in July and August and into September.
In mid-September, Chandler Investments was served a notice to vacate the store premises within three days. The store has been shuttered since about the third week in September, with the shelves cleared of clothing and other merchandise.
According to the lawsuit, beginning in August Bump and Beyond became responsible for $3,286.78 every month, including $2,500 a month in rent and common area maintenance, real estate taxes and insurance expenses during the term of the three-year lease.
In another matter, Omaha Neon Sign Company Inc. has filed a claim in Douglas County Small Claims Court seeking a judgment of $2,605 owed by Bump and Beyond for a lighted sign installed at the Omaha location in May.
The business has refused to pay the balance owed on the sign, valued at $4,500, according to Omaha Neon’s claim notice.
The Telegram attempted to contact representatives of Bump and Beyond in response to social media posts from people claiming they are owed money by the business for various goods and services. Nobody was made available for comments.