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Shifting Soil?

Here's a problem you don't run into every day.

It seems that shifting soil is causing problem's at Westcor's FlatIron Crossing property in Boulder, Colo.

Floor-heaving of up to 6 inches, expensive repairs and difficulty with mall management about how to address the problems persuaded Italian restaurant Il Fornaio to close in October, said Jesse Witt, a lawyer who represented the restaurant in negotiations with the mall. Witt said the Corte Madera, Calif.-based chain wanted to remain in the location, but the ''soils problem'' was the reason it closed.

It's a similar case for Denver-based burrito chain Chipotle, which shutdown in August. Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said the restaurant left because the mall opted not to repair the building.

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