CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A neighborhood grocery store and family owned business is fighting to stay open.
Owners say their landlord tried to kick them out to make way for a Walmart.
It’s the kind of place where shoppers are regulars.
“They have a lot of Spanish varieties of foods, empanadas, tacos, and they got a pretty good cook back there,” said longtime customer Edwin Hurd.
And the people that work at the store know the people that shop there.
Now, owner Nancy Peralta is fighting to keep Compare Foods on Milton Road in place.
“Now they are suing, me asking me to get out,” she says, saying she renewed her lease in 2011 and just a few months later was told she had to leave. “They sent me a letter saying they would be terminating my lease.”
The reason: building permits show a Florida-based company wants to put in a Walmart grocery store. Customers say they'll miss the unique flavor of the family run business.
Peralta has hired an attorney and plans to stay put.
“It doesn’t involve just me and my family. It involves 75-plus employees, and it involves the neighborhood,” Peralta says.
And that’s a neighborhood that seems to be fighting with her.
NBC Charlotte tried repeatedly to get comment from the landlords, but they did not respond to multiple requests.