Erewhon allegedly failed to pay rent to Studio City Location

Left to right: John Usdan, CEO of Midwood Investment & Development, Tony Antoci, CEO of Erewhon, and Erewhon Studio City at 12833 Ventura Boulevard (Getty Images, Google Maps/Jean-Louis Delezenne, Midwood, Facebook/Tony Antoci)

Erewhon, a grocery store that meets influencers where a jar of homemade pasta sauce can cost upwards of $30, is accused of failing to pay rent for its new location in Studio City.

The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge owner is suing Erewhon, alleging the store failed to pay at least four months’ rent and abused the mall’s parking lot, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month in Los Superior Court. Angeles.

“Erewhon, with its $25 tubs of yogurt and $50 bottles of vinegar, is a lucrative organic grocery store with locations in affluent neighborhoods,” said Midwood Investment and Development, owner of the redeveloped Sportsmen’s Lodge property, in his complaint.

Since the grocery store opened its Studio City store in December, it has “played havoc with the landlord ever since,” the firm alleged.

When Midwood announced it would redevelop the historic Sportsmen’s Lodge in 2019 for more than $100 million, Erewhon was named anchor tenant. TikTok star Addison Rae was spotted shopping at the store on a recent Saturday, while Jake Gyllenhaal, Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff were all spotted at various Erewhon locations across SoCal.

Famous sushi bar Sugarfish and Brooklyn pizza transplant Roberta’s have opened restaurants on-site. Erewhon signed an agreement to start paying rent in November, about a month before the opening of its 11,650 square foot location at 12833 Ventura Boulevard.

As part of the 15-year lease, Erewhon agreed to pay $55,350 in first-month rent for space in front of the house, plus around $7,900 for a back office – a grand total of around $63,250. , according to a copy of the original lease attached to the complaint.

In January, the total monthly rent rose to about $65,200, or about $77 per square foot for the front space and $35 per square foot for the back room.

The lawsuit didn’t detail exactly how much Erewhon owed in rent, but four months’ rent would total about $259,000.

Erewhon posted a security deposit of $63,300 for the space and also obtained a construction indemnity of $582,500 from the landlord.

The grocery chain allows its employees to park for free on the site, according to the complaint, which it is not allowed to do.

Midwood also claims that Erewhon failed to install an electronic cart system to prevent grocery carts from being brought into parking lots or other common areas, violating the terms of its lease, and did not improperly stored garbage, causing infestations of mice, birds and pests at the resort.

Neither Midwood nor Erewhon immediately responded to requests for comment.

Last month, Erewhon opened a store at 339 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The chain also has branches in Silver Lake, Santa Monica, Calabasas, Venice, Pacific Palisades and Beverly Grove.