From the Austin Statesman this morning:
The Scooter Store was the city’s biggest year-round employer. In addition to the Medicare investigation, the City of New Braunfels seeks a refund of $1.3 million extended the company as part of an economic development agreement.
“They have not kept up the number of employees that were part of the development agreement,” Pospisil said. “At the same time, we also are concerned about their existence.”
If The Scooter Store folds, Pospisil said several other large companies are willing to move to New Braunfels, as long as there is a building ready for them. She said The Scooter Store is leasing its facilities, which will make it easier to bring in a new tenant if the company defaults.
Some of the tax revenue gained from The Scooter Store was used to refurbish other vacant properties in town, including a former Kroger grocery store.
Pospisil said talks are now being fast-tracked, so furloughed employees can get back on the job as soon as possible.
Employees are not eligible for unemployment because they are not technically laid off yet. Pospisil said the City of New Braunfels remains in talks with The Scooter Store leadership to reach an agreement.
Sounds like New Braunfels doesn’t think that it will miss The Scooter Store.