The corporation that owns the national chain of 7-Eleven convenience stores has sued a Fallston man, claiming he owes the company $23,240 from a terminated franchise agreement.
Southland Corp. is charging Charles L. Birmingham, of the 2300 block of Belair Road, with breach of contract for a new 7-Eleven convenience store in Randallstown, Baltimore County.
In the suit, filed June 23, the Dallas-based company contends it provided Birmingham with advertising, merchandising, bookkeeping and training services for new stores.
Southland, which operates 7,000 stores nationwide, also paid for maintenance, utilities, insurance and merchandise, the suit says.
In return, a franchisee must pay the down payment for the store and pay Southland a percentage of shop profits, the suit says.
Southland and Birmingham terminated the franchise contract for the Randallstown shop by mutual agreement in December 1988.
After the contract was terminated, Southland says it provided Birmingham with a statement in February requesting the money owed under the agreement.
The money has never been paid, the suit alleges.