Legal Clean-up in Aisle Six: Stalled Amazon Fresh Market in Willow Grove Yields Lawsuit

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Amazon has put plans for six new Amazon Fresh stores on hold, which prompted one Willow Grove developer to file a lawsuit against the e-commerce retail giant alleging corporate breach of a lease agreement. Ryan Mulligan reported the action in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

On March 21, Federal Realty GP submitted a complaint against Amazon Retail and in Montgomery County Civil Court. This week, Amazon filed its response.

The dispute between the landlord and the tenant involves the proposed supermarket at Willow Grove Shopping Center and its delayed opening.

The legal action taken by Federal Realty Investment Trust comes after Amazon said in February that it was pausing growth plans for the Amazon Fresh brick-and-mortar construction.

The complaint against the company alleges that Amazon is “intentionally withholding rent under the false premise that landlord is in default of its lease obligations” and “has intentionally refused to complete its work, commence operations, or pay rent, despite no interference by landlord.”

Amazon denies these, claiming that the store cannot open for business because Federal Realty “… has failed to satisfy the landlord work completion date conditions.”

Read more about the lawsuit in the Philadelphia Business Journal.


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