There’s been a whole lot of fallout from the shooting at the Electric Tequila establishment earlier this month that left a slew of bullet casings on the ground and two women injured – and Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan has been very outspoken regarding the incident.
Kotis Properties, the landlord of the building on Battleground Avenue in Greensboro, is objecting to some remarks Vaughan made this week – arguing that the mayor is attempting to make a scapegoat out of the landlord.
At the Monday, Nov. 6 Greensboro City Council meeting Vaughan, while speaking of the shootout at Electric Tequila said: “I believe that the landlord finally cancelled the lease with Electric Tequila, but I believe that he did it for one reason and one reason only, and that was because he knew that we had all the reason we needed to declare them a nuisance. And when we declare a nuisance, it means that building can never have an ABC permit in it again, not for that owner or any other owner.”
Greensboro Attorney Chuck Winfree, representing Kotis Properties, said essentially that the mayor was purely speculating – and speculating incorrectly at that.
Winfree said it’s unusual for the landlord to comment in a situation like this, but added that it was necessary after Vaughan’s public statements.
“Out of respect for our tenants, we are not in the habit of discussing our business relationships with our Tenants with either the Mayor or the media,” read a Monday, Nov. 13 statement issued by Winfree after Vaughan made her comments. “However, we can confirm that we terminated the Electric Tequila’s possession of the premises following uncured defaults by the tenant, as provided by the lease.”
The statement continues: “We regret that the Mayor wishes to speculate about motivations. Just as we would not speculate that the Mayor’s scapegoating of Kotis Properties is driven by political concerns, we would hope that she would refrain from rhetorical excesses that impugn Kotis Properties. Unlike the City, which has police powers, a landlord in a lease is constrained by the terms of that lease, of which the City and the Mayor have very limited information.”
Vaughan was terse when asked her response to Kotis Properties’ reaction.
“I stand by my statement,” the mayor said.
Vaughan, who occasionally rides along with police to keep her hand on the pulse of the city, happened to be in a police car on a ride along the night of the shooting. She was at the scene not long after it happened.
The mayor said that, after witnessing the aftermath, she presumed the establishment would temporarily pause business while things got sorted out; however, the business was back up and running in no time.
Winfree noted in his November 13 statement that, “Kotis Properties has made important contributions to the City of Greensboro for over sixty years, including constructing the building in question that was completed 60 years ago. Kotis Properties is committed to fostering growth, opportunity, and safety within the City, and we stand ready to work with the City to achieve these important goals.”