PROBLEMS keeping up with the rent caused the row that has led to the closure of Gloucester Antiques Centre.
Dealers who trade at the centre, based at Gloucester Quays, were no closer yesterday to knowing when it might reopen after the lease was suddenly terminated on Monday.
Low footfall meant bosses at the centre could not keep up with the rent owed to owners Gloucester Quays.
That led to a notice ceasing the lease immediately.
Evan Maindonald, owner of the Gloucester Antiques Centre, said: "This notice was issued without any prior notice being provided to the management of the business.
"We have been in negotiations with the Quays about the lease for some considerable time. This is due to the levels of footfall at the Quays not being at the levels promised.
"This resulted in levels of trade and dealer rents being significantly less than required in order to meet the rental levels demanded by Gloucester Quays.
"The unilateral action now taken by Gloucester Quays clearly implies that they no longer wish to continue negotiations. Despite having made every possible attempt to enter into dialogue with them since Monday, we have not been able to obtain any response from them as to their future intentions in respect of the centre.
"No timescale has been provided for a reopening. The longer they take, the less viable the situation will become for dealers and for the future operation."
Dealer Jayne Soule, from Country Cottage Chic, said: "We are all in limbo. There is no indication of when it might reopen.
"I have stock just sitting there unsold on what should have been a busy bank holiday weekend for us. Now we are stuck in the middle of a war of words."
Gloucester Quays did not comment yesterday. In a statement earlier in the week they said the centre could still 'thrive' with the right management in place.