Battle over popular candy shop continues

Updated: 01/04/2014 10:57 PM | Created: 01/04/2014 10:50 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and Staff

The battle continues over a popular candy shop.

Debbie Ball, owner of The Candy Lady, says she was given an eviction notice on Friday because of disputed rent payments.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 tracked down her landlord to get his side of the story.

Some would consider The Candy Lady to be an Old Town staple.

The store has been in Old Town for 30 years.

But behind the scenes lately, things have been a little messy.

“I just want to be able to do business without a problem,” Ball said.

Friday night, KOB Eyewitness News 4 told viewers that Ball was given a three day eviction notice from her landlord.

The news spread and all morning, the store was packed with people buying candy and asking questions.

“A lot of people worried,” Ball said. “And you know I have a lot of people who you know support on my Facebook page on my, on twitter on my you know all kinds of things.”

Ball says she could not agree on a new lease from her landlord.

KOB 4 reached out to the landlord and he said they were willing to negotiate, but says he never heard from Ball.

The landlord also said the reason for a new lease was because Ball did not pay her rent in full for a few months.

But Ball says that is not true.

She tells KOB 4 that she paid it and more to cover maintenance fees.

“There’s no way I would leave,” Ball said. “It’s important to keep Old Town alive.”

Ball says she believes Old Town needs her just as much as she needs them.

“It’s going to be an economic impact on Old Town,” Ball said. “Even if I do have to find a new place, I will stay in old town.

The landlord says the complaint will be filed this week and a court date could be set for next week. 

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