Adult gift shop agrees to move from Alliance Town Center

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The Velvet Box, a gift shop that sells lingerie, toys, games and other adult products, will move from Alliance Town Center in mid-July to settle a lawsuit filed against the store by the shopping center’s owners.

The Alliance store will close on July 14 and the new store will open July 29 at 5040 North Tarrant Parkway, about 2 miles east of its current location in the Sam Moon Center in north Fort Worth. Owner Marcelle LeBlanc said she recently signed the lease for the 2,500-square-foot shop.

In October 2011, Alliance Town Center sued the Velvet Box and the owners of the Sam Moon Center, alleging that the store violated shopping center covenants and city ordinances by selling sexually oriented products. The city has said that the store is not a sexually oriented business, but in November, 342nd State District Judge Wade Birdwell sided with Alliance Town Center and ruled that the store was in violation of the covenants.

LeBlanc decided against appealing the ruling and in February reached a settlement, agreeing to to pay attorneys fees for the shopping center and leave within five months.

“I told them to get the bulk of it from the Moons,” LeBlanc said of the attorneys fees.

The legal battles are not over. LeBlanc has a suit pending against Sam Moon Center alleging that the owners were not honest with the Alliance Town Center owners when she signed the lease in 2009 regarding the type of merchandise sold at the store, and that Sam Moon’s owners concealed information from her regarding the covenants. The Sam Moon Center is adjacent to Alliance Town Center.

“We would not have signed the lease,” LeBlanc said. “We could have avoided the whole thing if the Moons would have been honest.”

Daniel Moon, Sam Moon’s general counsel, could not be reached for comment last week.

In a March court filing, however, the owners of Sam Moon Center suggested that LeBlanc was not duped.

“During lease negotiations, Velvet Box and Sam Moon Center repeatedly discussed the products being considered for sale, negotiated restrictive leasing terms and structured the transaction to avoid running afoul of the deed restrictions,” the filing said. “Sam Moon believed that Velvet Box was a retail store that sold women’s lingerie and other items, similar to Victoria’s Secret.”

LeBlanc has sued for fraudulent inducement and violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, according to the court filings. Sam Moon Center has filed a counterclaim against the Velvet Box for breach of lease.

TTI job fair

TTI, a Fort Worth-based global electronic components distributor owned by Berkshire Hathaway, will host a job fair for sales professionals on Thursday, May 16.

The fair will run from 2 to 7 p.m. at 2441 Northeast Parkway. The company said it has multiple openings on its team of inside sales specialists. TTI distributes to industrial, military, aerospace and consumer electronics manufacturers worldwide.

Applicants will be pre-screened prior to the event and should submit a resume plus salary requirements to http://human.resources@ttiinc.com

TTI, along with subsidiary Mouser Electronics, employs more than 3,500 with over 100 locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about TTI, go online to www.ttiinc.com

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