Frustration with Weingarten Realty Investors, has spread from the tenants of the Southampton Shopping Center to City Hall.
“Right now, we’re very frustrated with them and we’ve communicated that to then with both phone calls and in writing,” said City Manager Brad Kilger.
The announced a restaurant that has been in various locations in Benicia for 33 years coupled with other businesses either relocating or closing for good has prompted City Hall to take a more aggressive approach to dealing with the Houston based landlords.
“We have serious questions about what the business plan is for that center,” said Kilger.
Mayor Elizabeth Patterson has written a letter to Weingarten Senior Vice-President of Development, Robert Smith expressing the city’s frustration and concern for businesses in the center.
With the announced relocation of Harpin’s Beauty Supply Salon, the closure of Mike and Gayle’s and the recent relocation of , the center will have eight vacant spaces in September.
“The City doesn’t really have the tools to affect who they recruit,” said Kilger.
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