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Junction Boyz eviction will take effect Friday


Junction Boyz, the financially troubled auto body and stereo business, will be ordered to move out of the Watertown Industrial Center on Friday.

The state Supreme Court order of eviction will be executed against Junction Boyz and its owner, Edward J. Sampson Jr., on Friday morning and the company must vacate the premises immediately.

On Friday, the WIC will take back the 30,000 square feet of space and the locks will be changed, its attorney, Keith B. Coughlin, said Tuesday.

“The landlord-tenant relationship will be severed,” Mr. Coughlin said.

The Watertown Industrial Center Local Development Corp. discussed the situation at a board meeting Tuesday morning. The eviction proceedings began several months ago.

Junction Boyz stopped paying its rent and utilities in 2010. As of Sept. 1, the company owes $274,370.01 in rent, late charges and utilities, and for a loan for paint equipment, according to court documents.

On Friday, state Supreme Court Judge James P. McClusky awarded the judgment to WIC in that amount.

As of June 24, the WIC board terminated the company’s 20-year lease for space at the facility.

So far, the WIC does not have a tenant for the space that Junction Boyz has occupied, said William J. Soluri, the industrial center’s site manager.

The company installs car audio equipment and car starters and does custom body work, collision repairs and paint jobs.

Mr. Sampson could not be reached for comment. It is unclear whether the business will continue to operate in a different location.

Earlier this year, Mr. Sampson attributed the downturn to delinquent accounts from Fort Drum soldiers, on which the business previously relied. He also said business was hurt by more people buying new cars with their insurance checks rather than repairing their damaged vehicles.

He later blamed his financial troubles on his business dealings with Oak Rock Financial LLC and the loans he had for his customers with the Long Island commercial lending company. He claimed Oak Rock was overcharging him “millions of dollars” on the loans, so he no longer could pay his rent.

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