Justin Bilbao and Scott Gilbert opened City Kicks six years ago. Their shoes are for a young, urban demographic. Other shoe sellers are now crowding into that market as well.
Bilbao charges that Downtown Mall has admitted too much competition. Alleging that the rent for City Kicks hasn’t been paid since last March, the mall filed a lawsuit seeking $56,000 and possession of the space … so City Kicks will close.
Their other store, in Roseville, shut down two years ago. But Bilbao and his co-owner continue to run Getta Clue and Ikon Boutique, two other ventures of theirs, also at Downtown Mall.