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RunTex closed, eviction sought from Riverside location

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Travis County Deputy Constables shut down the Riverside RunTex store and seized property at the north Austin store.

Owner Paul Carrozza was evicted by the landlord for $150,000 of unpaid rent.

RunTex has been on this corner for 17 years.

Thursday afternoon deputies told everyone to get out, changed the locks and put orange notices all over the property, including a storage shed and RunTex vehicles in the parking lot.

Carrozza says he knew he'd eventually have to leave the property because of the plans to convert it into an apartment complex, but he thought he was a couple months out.

According to the eviction notice, Carrozza had not paid the $19,900 a-month rent for January, March, April and part of February on the Riverside location. That totals nearly $150,000.

Deputies also paid a visit to the RunTex store off Far West and seized property. Through the windows, you could see empty racks.

Carrozza said he got behind on payments last year on the Riverside location and eventually caught up. Then, he got behind again.

He says he hopes to make things right with his landlord, David Dunlap and then re-group and take a hard look at the company's future in retail.

The northwest Austin location will remain open.

"Austin's changed, it's a big corner, it's a great corner and it needs to fit into our business model and as we spread out our overhead went up so it was difficult that's why we were falling behind," Carrozza said. "We're taking it seriously. We're very disappointed that we're in this situation, but we'll work our way out of it."

FOX 7 attempted to reach the landlord of the property, but was unsuccessful.

There are about a dozen employees of RunTex. Carrozza plans to meet with them to talk about the future. If you're wondering about the RunTex Foundation that is completely separate. The foundation is in good standing. The Trail of Lights is just fine.

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