UPDATE: House of Brides Claims to be Planning Wedding Super Center
Bridal shop has until end of August to vacate its premises in Ravinia Plaza for failure to pay more than $232,000 in back rent.
House of Brides is still open at 15810 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park, but the store is apparently making plans for a move later this month.
The bridal shop was ordered out of its current Ravinia Plaza location by Sept. 1 by Cook County Judge Maureen P. Feerick for failure to pay $232,428 in back rent to Inland Real Estate Corp.
A sign dated Aug. 1 appeared on the store’s door last week and said the store would be moving into temporary quarters while awaiting completion of a 20,000-square-foot Wedding Super Center within the next 90 days. The sign didn’t give any timetable or address of the temporary location or super center.
The sign said to call or email Megan for information. The number listed was repeatedly busy and an email to Megan has not been returned.
A receptionist at the Orland store said that location was still open, but she didn’t know anything about the move.
Karie Friling, development director for the Village of Orland Park, said House of Brides would have to apply to transfer the business license to a new address within the village, which it hasn’t yet done. She said additional permits would be needed if a new location was to be remodeled or renovated.
“This isn’t something they could do overnight,” Friling said.
Friling said the court-ordered eviction would have no effect on transferring the business license.
There is a court date scheduled for Aug. 30 to discuss attorney fees and any damages that HOB Holding Corp. will owe. Lawyers estimated the total amount due could surpass $400,000.
The case began on March 1 when a joint action complaint was filed at the Cook County Courthouse in Bridgeview. At that time, House of Brides was $208,620 in arrears.
Inland spokeswoman Nicole Spreck declined to speak about the court decision citing company policy.
A company site plan for Ravinia Plaza has for weeks listed the House of Brides location as “coming available.”
House of Brides Inc. has 10 locations in the Chicago area.
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