The Garden Girl Foods owner and attorney filed a mold growth and racial discrimination lawsuit on Nov. 30.
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – Months after opening their doors, Garden Girl Foods announced that they would be leaving their Old Louisville location and closing their doors on December 20th.
Garden Girl Foods opened its store in Old Louisville in the spring of 2021. The store caters to those who do not have access to fresh and healthy food options.
Owner Whitney Powers said opening at this location would be difficult. “It took a team. We built it up quickly, and we built it up with great things. And now we have to tear it all down in just a few months. It’s heartbreaking.”
Powers said leaving the site is not voluntary. She said her lease would not be renewed.
“Business goes on. The garden is in me, not the building,” Powers said.
Powers and her attorney Georgia Hensley said the conditions of mold and building damage are unsustainable to their business.
They filed a mold growth and racial discrimination lawsuit on November 30th.
“The mold is very serious. We sent pictures to an expert for analysis,” said Hensley.
The lawsuit alleges during a meeting in November the landlady told Powers that she “looked like she had just left the plantation”.
We turned to the landlord’s lawyer.
In a statement by David Kellerman with Middleton Reutlinger:
“This is in response to your request for comment on behalf of our client Robert Wilson on the tenant’s allegations regarding the 501 W. Oak Street premises.
This is a landlord-renter problem. The rights of the parties are regulated by a written rental agreement. The tenant is treated no differently than any other commercial tenant who does not meet his rental obligations and has not paid rent for more than two months. We are aware of our ethical duty not to raise our case in the media. If necessary, we will enforce the tenant’s claims in the courtroom. Until then, we warn the tenant and her representatives against defaming our customers or making statements that put them in the wrong light. “
However, Powers said the rent was not paid because the landlord refused to fix the roof.