Instead of renewing their four year lease Top`ings Yogurt in Anderson has closed its doors for good.
Due to a disagreement over lease agreements, the owner of Top`ings Lindsey Kossol was given a 30 day notice to vacate the premises by Feb. 1, Kossol said. The owner of the building, Paul LaBarbera charged Kossol $2,000 each month for rent, at an agreement of $2 per square foot, she said.
“I am not going out of business,” Kossol said. “This is a choice. I wasn’t happy with the lease agreement.”
Kossol, 25, started the business in February of 2009. She has won the hearts of many yogurt lovers in the South County and is sad to say goodbye to her customers.
“It’s really hard to talk about it without crying,” Kossol said. “I’ve gotten to know the community so well, they are like family. As much as it feels like it’s your life, it’s still business.”
The Social, a yogurt shop in Redding, will be honoring all of Top`ings gift cards and coupons, Kossol said.
Kossol has sold her business name and store equipment to someone on the East Coast who will be opening up a yogurt shop there, she said. Kossol said she had many people in the community want to buy the business and keep it local but LaBarbera did not approve of any of the potential buyers.
Instead, a completely new business is set to move into the building in the next month.
However, LaBarbera was not able to be contacted and employees at Burrito Bandito would not release the information as to what the new business is. Kossol also did not know who would be coming into the building, but had heard it was not a yogurt business.
While Kossol may no longer have a business in town she said she plans to continue living in Palo Cedro. She is working towards a doctorate in marriage and family therapy through an online program and sees a bright future ahead of her.
“It was really sudden. The options for me are endless,” Kossol said. “Everything must come to a close at some time.”