Judge denies emergency injunction to prevent eviction for Little Village vendors

Little Village vendors protest eviction from the discount mall where some of them have had businesses for decades. Photo credit Mike Krauser/WBBM Newsradio

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Dozens of vendors at the Little Village Discount Mall won't be able to enter their places of business tomorrow.

A Cook County judge on Friday denied an emergency injunction that would prevent about 40 vendors from being locked out of the South Side mall.

The vendors’ attorneys unsuccessfully argued that their clients should be considered tenants and not week-to-week licensees, as the operators claim they are and they'd have all the rights that tenants would have under a lease agreement.

Novak Development---the owner of the plaza---announced in February it reached a deal to extend the lease of only one of the mall’s two operators-thus shutting out nearly half of the vendors on March 26 who occupy the Little Village Discount Mall.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM Newsradio