Saturday, January 14, 2012

Gonna have to move the Shop or shut it down

UPDATE: July 2012
Looks like the new owners have at least postponed their plans!
See my new post further up on this blog for more info!

For some months rumors have been going around that the owners of the commercial property where my shop is located were looking to sell. As of the 1st of January the rumors are reality. The entire complex has been sold to a company who plan to clear out all renters and convert the old commercial building into luxury living lofts. This affects not only my shop but the three other tenants who all have multiple employees and have been in the building for over 30 years.

Without going into the details, there is nothing we, the current tenants can do about it.

My lease expires in January 2013. I tried to obtain an extension from the previous owners when the rumors began and they turned me down. The new owners will not discuss any extension and I must vacate when my lease expires. I have asked if they would be willing to release me from the lease early if I can find a new space. It would be very difficult for me to pay both rents over months. I hope they will extend me this courtesy.

So now I am starting to search high and low in Berlin for the 80-100 square meters of commercial space I need. If any readers happen to know of anything here in Berlin, shoot me an email pronto! It cannot be located in a building with residential tenants and must be reachable with large, heavy machinery. My mill weighs about 1500 kilos.

I would also encourage anyone who wants one of my knives to buy it now if I have it in stock. When things run out, I can't promise when or if I will make new ones. Also, to be honest, I will need every penny to have the finances needed to get out of this situation without loosing my shop. The move alone will cost a good €6000. I must also face facts, if I can't locate a new space in time, I will be forced to sell the machines and cease operations. I can't move and store the stuff.

As of now, I will no longer be accepting Custom orders. This may change as the situation developes.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all my Friends and Customers for your support over the years. Now, with some Real Estate Luck, maybe I can move to a new shop and keep a' going