McDonald's Sued For Blocking Strip Mall's Starbucks Lease

By David McAfee (July 30, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT) -- McDonald's Corp. has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly refusing a West Springfield, Massachusetts, shopping center its right to lease part of the property to Starbucks Corp. because of a noncompete clause in the McDonald's lease, according to documents filed in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday.

Century Center LLC, which inherited the 1987 ground lease with McDonald's from Century Investment Co., says it has the right to lease an outparcel of the Century Center to Starbucks. McDonald's has failed to acknowledge that right, according to the suit.

"Prior to effectuation of the Starbucks lease, Century contacted McDonald's to inform them...

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