- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Missoula mall is facing a lawsuit from the owner of a Christian bookstore who says his business was discriminated against when he wasn’t allowed to open up shop.

The Missoulian reports (https://bit.ly/1Jtu6n0 ) Michael Burks wanted to turn his hockey shop into a Garden of Read’n during the summer months to help him meet a Southgate Mall requirement that tenants remain open during mall hours.

The hockey club, called the Missoula Maulers, experiences a seasonal drop in sales during the summer, and Burks says he tried to open the bookstore to stay open and in compliance.

Burks claims in the lawsuit that the mall denied his request, calling the bookstore a financial risk.

Manager Tim Winger didn’t comment on the lawsuit, saying the mall has yet to be served.

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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com


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