Coffee kiosk owner vents to customers about rent dispute

Coffee kiosk owner vents to customers about rent dispute

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Earl McDonald put up signs on his Firehouse Coffee drive-through kiosk complaining that his landlord wants to double the rent from $1,200 to $2,400 per month.

He said his customers support him 100 percent. They certainly can't miss the signs.

"Over the past 60 months I have paid you $71,000 and in the same time period have profited $41,000 dollars," McDonald said.

But his landlord says the economy is to blame, not him.

"I think we are coming out of this recession but we are going to be faced with higher taxes and inflation and we are trying to curb that," said Dan Fulton, the property's landlord.

McDonald said he is looking at moving down the street to a location with rent even lower than his current rate.

"Nobody has said they will not follow me," he said, "so I am looking forward to the move actually."