AUSTIN (KXAN) - RunTex, long one of Austin's showcase stores for all things related to running, closed its doors on Thursday because it had difficulty meeting its rent payments, owner Paul Carrozza said.
Officials announced Thursday evening the location on Riverside Drive, as well as the store on Far West Boulevard, will be closed as the company goes through an asset seizure.
It is unclear if and when either of the stores will re-open.
"They are working with the landlord to come up with a resolution," Carrozza said. "The store closed today. They certainly hope to re-open soon. We have been falling behind on the rent the past few months."
The eviction notice posted at the store on Riverside said that between January 1 and April 30, the unpaid rent amounts to $79,744.68. During that time RunTex only paid $7,500 in rent.
The store that features a cowboy boot as a running shoe has held the location on the banks of Lady Bird Lake and its running trail for well over a decade and a half. It has been the meeting site of numerous running training groups over the years.
When KXAN News went by the Far West location, there were only a handful of things left inside the store.
The store near MoPac Boulevard and Lake Austin Boulevard closed last year.
The RunTex Foundation, which is a completely different entity started in 2003, was part of the effort to revive Austin's holiday Trail of Lights last year.
"In 2012 the City of Austin partnered with the RunTex Foundation to produce a highly successful Trial of Lights, through private sponsorships made to the Foundation," the City said in a statement. "We look forward to a continued partnership and working with the Foundation in the future."
Last month, the Austin City Council approved a resolution to negotiate a five year contract with the RunTex Foundation to produce the Trail of Lights. The City said they are still process of actively negotiating the contract.
Carrozza was appointed to the President's Council on Fitness and Sport by George. W. Bush.
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