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Snowmass Bakery slapped with eviction suit

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun

A lawsuit filed in Pitkin County District Court could spell the end for a long-standing business in Snowmass Village.

The complaint, filed by Snowmass Center Retail and Snowmass Acquisition Co., alleges that Snowmass Bakery has been delinquent in its payments for its leases on both its Snowmass Center location and its Base Village shop. It does not specify for how long the bakery, owned by Rob Carney, allegedly has not paid rent or how much it owes the Related Cos. subsidiaries. The suit says the plaintiffs served Carney with a demand for payment on July 8.

The suit claims that under the terms of the leases, Snowmass Bakery is obligated to pay rent, service charges and interest to the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs are entitled to an order for immediate possession of the premises, the suit claims.

On Friday, Carney declined comment, saying he was not aware of the suit.

"We're in active negotiations with Snowmass Bakery, and we're looking forward to resolving the issue amicably," said Steve Alldredge, spokesman for Related.

Carney bought Snowmass Bakery, formerly a Paradise Bakery location on the Snowmass Village Mall, in 2009 after being an employee there since 1993, according to the Snowmass Sun. In 2010, he expanded the mall business into the adjoining retail space.

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Two years later, in January 2012, Carney entered into a lease for a space in the Snowmass Center, according to the suit. That lease is set to expire on Jan. 31, 2015. Almost immediately after opening that location, a representative of the Wasserman Real Estate Capital Group, which now owns the Westin property and the commercial spaces in it, told Carney his lease would not be renewed, Carney told the Sun at the time.

Carney then entered into a lease with Snowmass Acquisition Co. for a Base Village location in November, which is set to expire Oct. 31, 2014, according to the suit. Carney also made improvements to the shop in the Snowmass Center, for which Snowmass Retail agreed to loan him $18,000 in January 2012. The suit alleges that Carney also has failed to pay amounts due under the loan agreement.

"As a direct and proximate result of Carney's breach of contract (of the loan agreement), … Snowmass Retail has sustained and will continue to sustain damages in an amount to be established at trial," the suit says.

jbeathard@snowmasssun.com