Reports that a Chili's Grill & Bar persistently leaks liquids into a Borders bookstore downstairs are backed up by scores of water-stained or missing ceiling panels.
Storeowners and employees who asked to remain anonymous griped that Hemmerdinger charges outlandishly high rents and issues steep penalties to shops that open later than scheduled.
Hemmerdinger said rents and penalties are consistent with those at other shopping centers.
"That's not the criteria I'd use to say whether we have a good relationship," he said.
Perhaps the truest indicator of Atlas Park's success is its customers, who frequent the theater and eateries but often bypass stores.
"It's good if you want to see a movie, but not to shop," said Tyrone Casey, 18, of Jamaica, as he roamed Atlas Park last week.
"They just need more stores," said his pal, Chaz Fraser, 28, who lives a block from the mall.
"Stores people go to," Casey quipped.
But coming soon are a Republic of Couture apparel boutique and a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Hemmerdinger said.
Mall struggles to catch on: Owner says Atlas Park's growing pains are normal
Someone's a little out of touch when it comes to defining "stores people go to."