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Channel Home Centers, Division of Grace Retail Corp. v. Grossman
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Defendant was a broker and real estate developer. Plaintiff operates retail home improvement stores in the Northeast. On December 11, 1984, Plaintiff executed a letter of intent setting forth lease terms that included a term that Defendant would withdraw the store from the rental market and only negotiate with Plaintiff to completion of the lease. Defendant signed the letter of intent. Defendant contends that at the time Plaintiff orally promise that a draft lease would be submitted in 30 days. Plaintiff denies such a promise. Plaintiff undertook expensive legal efforts in December to get the lease and various related construction projects on the property approved for its store. Defendant began negotiation with Frank Shea of the parent corporation’s legal department to prepare the lease in early January. In late January, Defendant started showing the property to Plaintiff’s competitor. On February 6, 1985 Defendant notified Plaintiff that negotiations regarding the lease were terminated.
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