Last week we started to tell you a story about a “supermarket” exclusive that we learned about when we read the U.S. District Court’s decision in the Maryland case of Redner’s Markets, Inc. v. Joppatowne G.P. Limited Partnership, Civil No. L-11-1864. If you want to see the Decision, click HERE.
The scenario is a simple one. A supermarket had a lease wherein “its landlord agreed not to lease any space at the [shopping center] or within a five mile radius thereof to be used as a food supermarket, butcher shop, seafood shop, or grocery store.” So, it got pretty annoyed when an “Amish farmer’s market” opened with seven stalls within a single enclosure. Though the farmer’s market was coordinated by a single individual, the stalls were separately owned and operated. You could buy a variety of grocery and supermarket items in the “market” because there were stalls named: “Dutch Delights, Dutch Pantry Fudge, Kreative Kitchen, Lapp’s Fresh Meats, King’s Cheese & Deli, Beiler’s BBQ, and Beiler’s Baked Goods.” If that didn’t satisfy your appetite, there were three other (unaffiliated) stalls outside the enclosure, one of which was “All Fresh Quality Seafood & Produce.” [Read more...]