Complete Food items is suing a D.C. landlord just after one particular of its Northwest Washington retailers shut above challenges with rodents before this year.

In March, the Glover Park Complete Food items in the 2300 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW voluntarily shut just after well being inspectors discovered issues with rodents and other pests. The store has remained shut for transforming because then.

Final 7 days, the firm submitted accommodate from Wical Confined Partnership, its landlord, at what it phone calls its “Georgetown Store,” in D.C. federal courtroom. Complete Food items contends in the lawsuit that Wical is blocking the grocer from completing the massive renovation it desires to reopen in an exertion to “strong-arm Complete Food items into spending extra hire and committing to a for a longer time term just after Plaintiff has expended substantial cash,” the lawsuit reported.

Complete Food items and Wical both equally declined to comment. Wical has not still responded to the allegations in courtroom papers. Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and CEO of and proprietor of The Washington Publish, announced ideas to buy Complete Food items on Friday.

The dispute facilities on the rental arrangement. Although Complete Food items proceeds to fork out hire, Wical reported it violated its lease when it shut for additional than 60 times, in accordance to the accommodate, and the landlord refused to approve permits vital to comprehensive an expected 6-month renovation. Complete Food items has expended “in excessive of $one,000,000 on the challenge,” the accommodate reported, and completing it will price “several millions additional.”

“Since the Georgetown Store was getting emptied, gutted, and cleaned, Complete Food items would be needed to primarily rebuild the inside of the store — setting up new drywall, ceilings, fixtures, shelving, products, and other layout things to restore the Georgetown Store to standard operational good quality,” Complete Food items claims in the lawsuit.

Complete Food items claims in the lawsuit that Wical issued a detect of default above the lease dispute. The accommodate alleges the detect was part of a “scheme” to “take advantage of the Plaintiff’s regrettable circumstance.”

The accommodate asks that the courtroom force Wical to indication off on permits and let the perform carry on.

Complete Food items opened in Glover Park in 1996, and employs 150 people today there, the lawsuit reported. Because then, shops proliferated throughout the region, such as one particular that recently opened in the gentrifying H Avenue corridor.

Even so, this enlargement has arrive with escalating pains, such as an overcharging scandal, issues about the purportedly eco-pleasant grocery’s animal welfare policies and a class-motion lawsuit that alleges employees have been cheated out of bonuses. The firm also faces opposition from additional conventional grocers.