The Candly Lady is a landmark in Albuquerque. Her store is a gateway to Old Town and a pride of our amazing Burque. She has sold all of us amazing chocolates, dirty chocolates, and Breaking Bad Meth candy. Tell them that they cannot raise her rent and evict her!
The Candy Lady, who made national headlines for her "Breaking Bad" meth candy, said she's being booted from the building that houses her well-known candy business.
The Candy Lady said her landlord gave her an eviction notice Friday afternoon, and she's got nowhere to go.
The building used to be an old home, but for the past 30 years, it's been home to the Candy Lady, Debbie Ball, and her business. She said she doesn't want to go, but it appears she doesn't have a choice.
From chatting it up with customers, to "Breaking Bad" fans posing for pictures with her infamous blue meth candy, Ball calls her store home.
"I've built a good rapport with all my customers all over the country," said Ball. "And they come to see me because of all the publicity associated with 'Breaking Bad,' and then they go into Old Town to visit the other stores which is really nice."
However, late Friday afternoon, she said her landlord handed her the hand-written eviction notice, giving her three days to get out of the building.
"Really sad, it's very sad you know, because I've been here for the last 30 years. We have developed a lot of good friends," said Ball. "I'm comfortable here."
She said her landlord doubled the rent and that she couldn't afford the terms of the lease he wanted her to sign.
The landlord wouldn't go on camera, but told News 13 he didn't raise the rent. He said it'll all be sorted out in court, and since they couldn't reach a solid agreement, he had no choice but to put it up for rent.
The landlord claims they've already found a new tenant.
Ball said her business helps drive the local economy, and a lot of her customers seem to agree.
"We wouldn't have come to this part of town if it hadn't been for The Candy Lady," said Tamara Foster. "I think the Candy Lady is just a staple of Albuquerque," said Gion Carla Lovato.
Ball said her story "is the gateway to Old Town and it's going to hurt Old Town if we're not in this location.
So whether customers visit for her scandalous sweets, or are addicted to "Breaking Bad," the Candy Lady said she has no intention of closing up shop, adding, she'll do all she can to stick around.
Ball said she'll proceed through the courts, and if she needs to, she'll look for another location.
The landlord tells News 13 he wanted to sign the Candy Lady to another lease, but she wouldn't negotiate. It's not clear what kind of new business will move in.