TKR Centre tenants forced to look for new business homes

DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – On the surface, it seems like just another day at the Red Door Salon in the TKR Centre. But owner Tommie Gautreaux said it comes down to putting on a brave face in the midst of a surprising and difficult transition.

“There’s not a lot in Spanish Fort to accommodate what we have going on here. So we’ve been advised to just take it one day at a time and just try to take deep breaths,” Gautreaux said.

On Tuesday, tenants at the TKR Centre were given just 10 days to relocate, after the building went into foreclosure last month.

“Financially we don’t recoup any of our deposits that we put down on the building for our lease. We don’t get anything back, from what I’m told. For myself, I signed a five year contract here. And unfortunately, I mean, that’s just non-existent any more, from what I’m understanding,” Gautreaux said.

According to the letter of eviction, the property was foreclosed on July 8 with three potential buyers. Tenants told Fox10 News two of the three would’ve let them stay, so many of them stayed put. But the third buyer won out, which resulted in the 10 day notice they got yesterday from Whitney Bank. We reached out to the bank for comment, but haven’t gotten a response.

The situation is especially tough for tenants like TKR Fitness, who can’t just pick up and move anywhere.

“We have hundreds of thousands of dollars of heavy equipment. Rooms of heavy equipment. So the cost itself to move one time will be a lot,” Personal Trainer Kim Barnes said.

Some customers said they’ll find their favorite businesses though no matter where they are.

“When you build the trust of the people that you work for, that you do business with, they’re going to go because we trust her. We trust Tommie,” Jordan Pinkston, a Mobile resident, said.

And it’s that trust and faith in the future that gives some tenants hope, even as their time in the TKR Centre quickly winds down.

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