(Olive Branch, MS) The Cates family says they know every customer by name and their meat has been the best for 35 years.
“We love our customers and our costumers love us,” said Ann-Carolyn Cates.
But the Cates Family Meat Company is now facing eviction.
“We have lost everything we have to lose,” said Cates.
They tell us it’s because of their property management company, Crye-Leike, “They wont correct anything. They just want their payment when they want their payment.”
The family says it expanded the meat market three months ago to add a restaurant next door.
They say the unit had a water leak and black mold grew which led to several write-ups by the health department.
“We had to close it down because of the mold and dumpster issues,” said Owner TJ Cates.
Cates said the landlord has not regularly cleaned-up the dumpster which is surrounded by sludge and the health department says its unsanitary.
The Cates say Crye-Leike hasn’t fixed the problems and that has forced them to shut the restaurant down but Crye-Leike still wants them to pay rent. It’s something they say they can’t afford.
The meat market has been told it has to go on November 7.
“They have been unresponsive to all of us requests,” said TJ Cates.
News Channel 3 contacted Crye-Leike Property Management where Co-Owner Harold Crye called the Cates’ accusations “smoke and mirrors” saying they are “only bringing this up because they haven’t paid the rent”.
The Cates say they would if they could.
“We have already invested our life savings,” said TJ.