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NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Less than two weeks after another local newspaper reported that the Biomes Marine Biology Center was moving into the long-vacant Gable House Furniture store at 6640 Post Rd., Craig Schennum has swooped in, grabbing the space for his enterprise, Consignment Goods.
Schennum says he signed the lease Oct. 27, took only a day to move his inventory and opened at the new location on Oct. 29.
Meanwhile, a frustrated Mark Hall, proprietor of the aquarium in which visitors can pet sharks and other creatures, claims he was blindsided by the action after spending months negotiating a lease agreement for Gable House.
â€śI was shocked,â€ť he says. â€śI just happened to be in East Greenwich picking up some equipment that I was going to use in that building [when I found out.] I couldn't believe it.
â€śEventually I had to back off and let my realtor handle it. I could have signed the lease a couple weeks agoâ€ť but had a few unresolved issues including how the financial pie would be split.
â€śMy lawyer tried to work with their lawyer. There was a problem over commission-splittingâ€ť between realtors for both sides. â€śWhile they [Consignment Goods] were moving into the building, two lawyers were working on my leaseâ€ť for Gable House.
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