Lots of Folks Object to Blockbuster's Store Closure Plan. Like Dallas County, For Starters.
|The Blockbuster outlet at Lovers and Inwood closed shortly before the end of 2010.|
But before that can happen, all comers to whom Blockbuster owes money can file their objections to the proposed plan. And the objections, they are now pouring in. Some are from landlords who don't want their leases broken. As Home Media Magazine points out, Safeway's objecting for a number of reasons -- chief among them, having shuttered Blockbusters next door will lead to the "diminished reputation of its shopping centers."
And earlier today I came across a Monday-morning filing that said the Carrolton-Farmers Branch and Lewisville ISDs ain't happy with the downtown-based video rentalist's plan because the school disticts have secured tax liens that "take priority" over creditors' claims. According to the claims register, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD is owed some $12,000 in back taxes; Lewisville, more than $20,000.
Which is nothing compared to what Dallas County is claiming it's owed, which is at least $545,701.36 (though, looking at court docs, it may be double that -- hard to tell without talking to one of the county's attorneys). Hence the county's objection filed by downtown attorney Elizabeth Weller -- an objection filed in conjunction with Tarrant County, the Richardson and Irving ISDs and dozens upon dozens of other school districts and counties across the state. Weller's unavailable till tomorrow, and efforts to reach Blockbuster's attorneys have proved unsuccessful.