PHOTO: The Warehouse’s Kaikohe landlord was bullied into signing a lease on the company’s terms after it threatened to close the store, he says. Photo: 123rf.com

The Warehouse announced last night it was closing, blaming the landlord, but said this morning it was now able to stay open because he had come back to negotiations.

But the landlord, John Levers, said the company told him it would close the store if he didn’t agree to a cut in the length and value of the lease.

He was annoyed he was being painted as the bad guy by The Warehouse when he was only trying to stick to his guns, he said.