Tattered Cover, the popular bookstore chain, has been sued by a local construction company that claims it wasn’t paid $123,000 for work it did at a new Westminster store.
Denver-based Frontline Construction sued Tattered Cover on July 15 in Jefferson County District Court. A month before, it filed a mechanic’s lien on the 6,500-square-foot bookstore and bar, which is connected to the Origin Hotel at 8895 Westminster Blvd.
Frontline accused Tattered Cover of breach of contract and unjust enrichment and asked a Jefferson County judge to approve a foreclosure and sale of the property. It also seeks an undisclosed amount of money for the work it did, plus interest and attorney fees.
Frontline’s attorney, Max Stich with the firm Tiemeier & Stich, said in an email Wednesday that Frontline is “close to a settlement” with the bookseller that could soon resolve the matter.
And Tattered Cover CEO Kwame Spearman said in an emailed statement, ”From day one, we’ve had every intention to pay our contractors for the work completed and I am happy to share that both parties are very close to an agreement that we are satisfied with.”
The owner of the Origin Hotel, Westminster Hotel LLC, is also a defendant in Frontline’s lawsuit because it owns the property in question and leases it to Tattered Cover. A spokeswoman for the Origin Hotel did not respond to a request for comment about the lawsuit.
Tattered Cover’s Westminster store opened early this year in a retail-centric development dubbed Downtown Westminster. It includes a bar — the first inside a Tattered Cover — named Best Cellars, with cocktails called “Tequila Mockingbird” and “Margarita Atwood.”
Its opening was delayed for months due to COVID cases and burnout among the staff, delivery problems and construction delays, according to news reports. The store is part of Tattered Cover’s plan to grow itself out of financial trouble. New owners took over in 2020.