Restaurant Accused of Keeping Others from Moving Nearby

By: Rebekah Pewit Email
By: Rebekah Pewit Email

TEAYS VALLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A local commercial realty company is suing the company that owns the Applebee's restaurant in Liberty Square at Teays Valley.

The lawsuit, filed by the Summers Companies Real Estate, claims that the parent company of the Applebee's restaurant is keeping other restaurants, Panera Bread Company in particular, from moving into Liberty Square.

The restaurant claims that, in its original contract, Summers agreed not to allow any other similar restaurant into the square.

However, the catch is it would be deemed "similar" if the business served food and alcoholic beverages, which Panera Bread does not.

"We need a Panera Bread here," Diana Rollins said. "Applebee's sells what they sell, and Panera sells what they sell. It's different."

The lawsuit was filed in January, but there has not been a court date set yet.

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