A lawsuit between Jackie Z owner Jacqueline Zumba and TB Mall at UTC, LLC, has been dismissed with prejudice.
Zumba vacated her space in the Mall at University Town Center in October, one year after the mall opened. Low foot traffic and poor sales contributed to her decision to leave, Zumba told the Bradenton Herald in February. She moved the downtown Jackie Z Style Co. location to the Mall at UTC, hoping to be a successful tenant in the first enclosed mall built in the U.S. in more than five years.
The closure of Jackie Z Style Co. was the mall’s second after a bankruptcy-spurred shutter of Cache, a women’s apparel retailer. In total, seven stores have left the mall.
Zumba signed a seven-year lease on July 9, 2014, for a 1,953-square-foot spot in the mall and agreed to pay $105,000 annually, or $8,750 per month in rent. According to lawsuit documents, TB Mall at UTC sought $1.52 million in damages. The settlement agreement stipulates both parties will pay their respective attorney’s fees.
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Zumba’s other store, Jackie Z Style Co. in St. Pete’s Sundial shopping center, is still open. She also opened a children’s clothing and accessories store, Ansley Z Style Co., across from the Jackie Z store on May 1.
“We came to an agreement with the lawsuit and decided since we were able to settle we wanted to do something fun and exciting,” Zumba told the Herald in an interview Wednesday. “We've gotten a great response. It's a store everyone can shop at and it has a good price point. When kids are going to the movie theater or dinner they (parents) can just pop in and get something quick.”
Andrew Rosin, the appointed attorney for TB Mall at UTC, LLC, could not be reached for comment.
The Mall at UTC will welcome Refinery and Capital Teas this year. Five Below, a discount chain offering products for $5 and under, also expressed interest in the mall earlier this year, according to documents filed with Sarasota County.