Focus Hospitality Services notified the Town of Shipshewana Monday that it was terminating its contract to manage the Shipshewana Town Center, according to Shipshewana Town Manager Sheryl Kelly.
Focus also let all of the current employees at the town center go on Monday.
Kelly said that all vendor contracts and utilities were turned over to the town, which plans to carry on with all scheduled events. Kelly noted that a wedding scheduled at the facility this weekend will still take place.
“We are completely committed to the town center,” Kelly stated. She added that the town will honor all of the current contracts.
Long-term management is still uncertain, Kelly said. But the town is working to make the transition as seamless as possible. Kelly noted that Focus is being helpful with the transition. “It’s in everybody’s best interest,” she added.
Focus continues to own and manage the Amish Country Inn and Splash Universe Water Park, which is adjacent to the town center.
Kelly said it was an unfortunate situation and regrettable, but reiterated that the town is committed to a smooth transition following Focus’s departure from the town center.
Currently, Focus Hospitality owes $981,074 in unpaid taxes for real estate and personal property, as reported at the Nov. 21 LaGrange County Commissioners meeting. At that meeting, the county approved moving ahead with a tax deed on the Splash Universe property.