Chip and Joanna Gaines, the beloved Texas couple at the helm of popular TV show Fixer Upper, may not be as beloved as we thought. Or at least not by a properties company suing them for $1 million.
Head Properties, LLC filed the big lawsuit against the Gaines’ after a dispute about some land next to their Magnolia Market in Waco. Basically, somebody other than the Gaines’ owned land next to the Magnolia Market. But they had an agreement allowing market customers to park on the property.
That owner eventually sold the land to Head Properties, LLC, who wanted to charge folks $10 to park on the land and shop at Chip and Joanna Gaines’ store. Negotiations between Chip Gaines and Daron Farmer of Head Properties broke down. So, Chip erected a metal gate that partially blocks access to Farmer’s property.
On the one hand, that sounds kind of petty. Farmer argued that the gate illegally restricts access to his property. However, the Gaines’ lawyer says they put up the gate to protect customers. They don’t want Magnolia Market visitors thinking they personally charge a $10 parking fee on the land.
Additionally, Gaines owns 50% of the alley easement with the gate in question. Head Properties and a nearby bank own 25% each, respectively. The Gaines’ lawyer also says Farmer and anybody else can easily access his property by simply going around the corner, as opposed to through the alley.
Curiously, Farmer seeks between $200,000 and $1 million in damages from the gate, as well as the gate’s removal. We’ll keep you posted on “Gate-gate” as it develops.