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Reading Terminal Market Files Court Complaint Over Butcher’s Back Rent

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(Credit: Steve Tawa)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - One of the city’s most famous butchers is embroiled in a dispute with management at the historic Reading Terminal Market, at 12th and Arch streets.

The Harry Ochs meats stand, erected in 1906, is behind on its rent, according to Paul Steinke, the general manager of the market.

“The Reading Terminal Market filed a complaint in court, because of non-payment of rent,” said Steinke.

ochs nick butcher inset Reading Terminal Market Files Court Complaint Over Butchers Back Rent

(Credit: Steve Tawa)

Fourth generation butcher Nicholas Ochs (photo), whose late father Harry was an institution there since the 1940’s, is fighting the complaint.

“We differ on the amounts of the money owed,” said Ochs. “And where monies were applied.”

Steinke hopes Nick Ochs makes a dent in the back rent to get caught up. “As soon as they do, we’ll withdraw the complaint.”

A few years ago, Rick’s Steaks owner Rick Oliveiri, who has family ties to the inventors of the famous sandwich, was evicted, he claims, because of his work representing the 75 merchants inside the market. At the time, they were resisting the higher rent structure now in place.

Reported By Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio.

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