Dean & DeLuca, which still has operations based in Wichita, is facing eviction at a New York property.
No one with Dean & DeLuca responded for comment, but it looks like the property – known as 29-35 Ninth Ave. – is where the chain once planned a store in the Meatpacking District.
A September 2016 article in the Real Deal, a New York real estate publication, said Dean & DeLuca would replace Spice Market at the Ninth Avenue address.
An LLC called 33 Ninth Retail Owner filed eviction proceedings against Dean & DeLuca Small Format LQ LLC in New York civil court on Friday.
According to the suit, 33 Ninth Retail Owner is seeking $836,599.70 plus interest and costs.
The suit says Dean & DeLuca assumed a lease on Jan. 12, 2017, and is behind on rent payments from October 2017 through January 2018.
No one with 33 Ninth Retail Owner returned a call for comment.
According to the suit, “Petitioner lacks written information or notice of any other address where Respondent has a principal office or other office other than the Premises, except for Dean & Deluca, Inc., General Counsel, 2402 E. 37th Street North, Wichita, Kansas 67219.”
It’s not clear what operations the company still has at that Wichita address.
Dean & Deluca has always kept its Wichita operations – even when they were the company’s headquarters – quiet except for occasional warehouse sales that it promotes here.
In fact, Have You Heard? previously reported that former Wichitan Leslie Rudd quit running Dean & DeLuca much the same way he ran it since acquiring the gourmet food brand in 1995: quietly.
In November 2014, Pace Development Corp. of Thailand announced it had an agreement with Dean & DeLuca Holdings to buy Dean & DeLuca, including its assets and global business, for $140 million.
Look for more information on the eviction if it becomes available.