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Old 10-01-2018, 06:46 AM   #1
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Default Illegal to have the same business with someone next door?

I want to ask about our concern regarding our next door business owner who threatens to sue us for recently opening a coffee “café” shop. FYI - In the same location, she operates a laundry shop in the morning and café at night. Our landlord is okay for us to open the said business and let us rent the place, however, the next door owner keeps threatening to sue us for opening a cafè, serving cakes, etc. which happens to be on her menu. Whatever we posts outside for our cafè promos, she will try to copy the next day (e.g. Buy 1 take 1 on all cakes and cookies - hers will be Buy 1 take 1 on all food and drinks OR Now serving All day Breakfast - she posted Serving Lunch Everyday). Also, she told one of our baristas that “Karma will soon be with us” and telling us that we are stealing her customers.

Is it illegal to have the same business with someone next door? Does she have the right to sue us? Thank you in advance for the reply. Hope you can enlighten us.
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Old 10-01-2018, 10:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: Illegal to have the same business with someone next door?

If the scenario is as described in your post there is nothing illegal in your part and the next door business owner has no legal standing to sue. She is only trying to threaten you to avoid the competition.
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:21 AM   #3
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You need to check your local zoning/business laws to find out if your business is allowed. Presumably you discussed this when you filed all the paperwork necessary to open your doors.

Can she sue you? Of course. Can she win? Get a lawyer if you get served.
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I want to ask about our concern regarding our next door business owner who threatens to sue us for recently opening a coffee “café” shop. FYI - In the same location, she operates a laundry shop in the morning and café at night. Our landlord is okay for us to open the said business and let us rent the place, however, the next door owner keeps threatening to sue us for opening a cafè, serving cakes, etc. which happens to be on her menu. Whatever we posts outside for our cafè promos, she will try to copy the next day (e.g. Buy 1 take 1 on all cakes and cookies - hers will be Buy 1 take 1 on all food and drinks OR Now serving All day Breakfast - she posted Serving Lunch Everyday). Also, she told one of our baristas that “Karma will soon be with us” and telling us that we are stealing her customers.

Is it illegal to have the same business with someone next door? Does she have the right to sue us? Thank you in advance for the reply. Hope you can enlighten us.

It is not illegal simply because it directly competes. And it appears your neighbor cites no other reason.
Of course you all have to live together and that may not be so pleasant.

Maybe you can diversify into a few different products and not the exact cakes she is selling.
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Our landlord is okay for us to open the said business and let us rent the place,
Then you knew she ran a café before you committed to renting the space for your business?

Seems a bit foolish to open a business right next door to a similar business.
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