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Galleria kicks minority owned salon out, not "high end" enough?

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

"We're dealing with professional women and appearance is everything," said Angela Natt owner of Versatile Beauty Center and Salon.

And for a lot of women when it comes to their hair, money is no object.

"Average ticket could be anywhere from 80 to 100 dollars over easily," Natt said.

For the last seven years Natt's salon has been a fixture in Galleria 3.

Like other Galleria business owners Natt was excited to hear about Saks' decision to expand.

"We wouldn't be in the hidden space and this is going to bring us more exposure," said Natt.

According to a lawsuit Natt has filed against the Galleria, she agreed to pay 15 hundred more dollars a month to lease another space in the Galleria even though she had a written agreement with the humongious mall that quoted a lower price.

"My client will do whatever it takes to ensure she meets the criteria of the Galleria to establish a high end salon," said attorney Deborah Crain.

But according to Natt's lawsuit the Galleria wants her salon gone.

The Galleria reportedly told Natt, "They are only putting in "high end" establishments in the Galleria and that essentially she is not "high end."

"We're just perplexed as to whats truly behind that business decision, what is the true motivation," Crain said.

You got to wonder does the Galleria think Natt's salon is not "high end" because it caters predominately African American women?

"I would let the people judge that and make their own decision," Natt said.

In a prepared statement Simon Property Group which owns the Galleria tells Fox 26, "It is our policy not to comment on either proprietary landlord tenant issues or pending litigation."

 

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