Minnesota’s Mall Of America Taking Legal Action To Evict Dairy Queen Franchise
If the Mall of America has its way, the only Dairy Queen on site will be evicted. There has been a Dairy Queen franchise located within the mall since it first opened its doors in 1992.
However, the relationship has soured and money is to blame, or perhaps lack thereof.
According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the Mall of America filed an eviction complaint in Hennepin County District Court on May 4, 2023. In the complaint, the MOA alleged Non-Typical Cos. Inc., a franchisee of Dairy Queen, was $74,854 behind in rent and that they had not paid rent since January of this year.
The suit also states the mall and Non-Typical Cos. entered into a five-year lease on June 8, 2018, for Non-Typical Cos. to operate a Dairy Queen franchise at Suite E282 located within the mall.
Further investigation from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal revealed that data from ProPublica indicated that Non-Typical Cos. had received $58,842 in Paycheck Protection Program loans (commonly known as PPP loans) in 2021. All of those funds have since been forgiven.
They added that since the fall of 2020, the mall has sued nearly 20 tenants over rent issues. They've had mixed results from these lawsuits, some of which involved significantly more money than the Dairy Queen suit. For example, the Mall Of America was awarded more than $5.5 million in a case against The Void, which promoted itself as an “immersive entertainment company". It's worth noting that The Void occupied a much larger space within the mall than the Dairy Queen does.
So, if you're craving ice cream the next time you're inside the Mall of America, you just may find Dairy Queen is not an option. However, there are plenty of other options like Häagen-Dazs, Cold Stone Creamery, and Great American Cookies.