The store never did open, though, and it appears it never will.
“Yes, he did sign a lease and has not been seen or heard from since,” says April Reed of Slawson Cos. “That’s kind of the bottom line of it all.”
She says she’s tried reaching Shipman numerous times and received a text from him about family and funding issues.
“I don’t know what his situation is because he was not communicating with us about it,” Reed says. “He just never fulfilled his financial obligations.”
Shipman couldn’t be reached for comment for this story.