THE future of a fast food restaurant is hanging in the balance after it closed suddenly when bailiffs moved in to repossess the premises.
Burger King, at Anchor Retail Park off Marina Way in Hartlepool, had its doors locked on Tuesday afternoon when a recovery team swooped to execute a repossession warrant.
A sign was posted in the window of the premises saying as of June 24, the property was now in the possession of the bailiffs.
The read: “Your landlord has this day 24th June 2014 exercised their right to instruct Certificated Bailiffs to peaceably re-enter and take possession of this premises known as Burger King, Unit Block 3, Anchor Retail Park.”
it went on to say the property was now legally occupied by the landlords, and that any attempt to gain access would be reported to police.
It is not known how many people were employed in the restaurant, though a sign remains in the window advertising full and part-time vacancies.
The restuarant was run by a franchise under the name of Windmill (NI) Restaurants, which had a registered office in Belfast but has recently been wound up.
A spokesman for Canada Life Investments, which is responsible for the building, said: “The registered tenant (Windmill Restaurants Limited) was placed into administration in May 2013 and the company was then dissolved by the administrator in May this year. Because the legal tenant no longer exists, steps were taken to secure the premises from any unauthorised third-party occupation.”
Burger King was unable to comment before the Mail went to press.