RunTex being evicted for not paying rent


by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on April 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 5:55 AM

AUSTIN -- Austinites are known for being active, especially on the running trails near Lady Bird Lake. Just across from the trail is Austin's iconic running store RunTex.

"They've been there so long it seems like they're a fixture in Austin," said runner Fernando Hernandez.

"I used to shop there all the time," said Sam Wilbern.

Now orange eviction notices mark every door and car window on the property at South First and Riverside, claiming rent hasn't been paid for the months of January, March or April of this year.

"The door's locked with some signs on it," RunTex employee Ron Segall said. "It's probably regarded as one of the best running stores in the nation quite frankly. So to see the doors locked was kind of a surprise"

"It was a difficult day," RunTex owner Paul Carrozza said.

Carrozza says the store has been on this corner for 17 years.

"We still will come to a resolution with the landlord but we have to move on, it's going to be redeveloped," he said.

Court documents show RunTex's troubles date back to 2012. David Dunlap, who owns the property, sued Carrozza and RunTex, for failure to pay rent from March through July of 2012. The court found a judgment against RunTex for more than $160,000.

"I went through an expansion back in 2008, 2009 that really started the stress," Carrozza said.

KVUE also visited the North Austin RunTex store Thursday on Far West Boulevard and found constables on site clearing out the inventory.

Carrozza says despite these setbacks, he remains committed to the RunTex brand and to Austin. He said the store already had plans to shut down this location on Riverside this summer when construction on a new apartment complex begins. However, Carrozza said this is a little earlier than expected.