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Massage Junkie owners face lawsuit; former customers have outlet for gift certificates and packages

WICHITA — When Massage Junkie co-owner Heather McKendry changed store sites earlier this year, she didn't return inquiries to discuss it.

Nor is she talking now that her store is closed and she is facing a lawsuit from her former landlord at Douglas and Rock Road.

A number of past Massage Junkie customers are wondering what happened and whether they can be reimbursed for gift certificates and packages they purchased.

"We're chasing them just like everybody else," says Jim McIntyre, the lawyer for Jehan Family Investments, which leased space to Massage Junkie at the family's center on the northeast corner of Douglas and Rock Road.

"They just packed their bags in February and moved out of my clients' . . . retail space," McIntyre says.

The group filed a lawsuit for $29,000, which includes $21,000 for what the suit says is unpaid rent and $8,000 for reduced rent through the end of the lease in October 2012.

Smoothie King is now in that space at a reduced rent, which is why the landlord is willing to deduct from the full amount of the Massage Junkie lease, McIntyre says.

Massage Junkie briefly moved to 9390 E. Central earlier this year and opened for only a brief time before closing without notice.

"They've abandoned that location owing rent there," McIntyre says.

He says that business was conducted under the name Massage Junkies.

"They set up two companies with one letter difference between them to confuse their creditors," McIntyre says.

"I, quite frankly, don't expect a good resolution on this one."

There is, though, a resolution for Massage Junkie customers who still have gift certificates and packages that they purchased.