Is my only choice to file bankruptcy and shut down my convenience store?
MY American dream small business (convenience store) opened three years ago. Unfortunately the building I am in was sold. The new owner raised the monthly rent from $3,000 to $4,700 and told me to take down all advertising on the window, including the open sign, which means it is hard for customers to see the store from outside, so business is very slow. The owner says he made these rules because it's a first-class building. With this slow economy and high rent I have been using my credit card to cover the rent from month to month. The point is, I can't operate a business any longer. Is bankruptcy my only alternative? Do you think it is possible for me to negotiate the lease?