January 25, 2010 10:46 AM
More than 600 customers' belongings are in limbo at Waikiki Self Storage in Honolulu. Early last week, managers phoned customers and asked them to come and collect their belongings as soon as possible, because there was a danger that the company would have to shut down. Hawaii News Now reported that its sources said that the owner owed back rent on the facility.
"There was someone who came in and posted a note on the door," said Waikiki's manager, Jenny Rodrigues. "We were all shocked." Waikiki's corporate office informed reporters that the notice on the door was an eviction notice, and commented that the landlord had raised the rent to an amount that the company could not afford. So, over the weekend of Jan. 16-17, the company asked staff members to clean up and prepare the business to leave the premises. One staff member reported that all the lights were taken from around the walls. Staff began calling tenants and asking them to come in and empty their units. [More]