House of Brides Evicted from Ravinia Plaza

Judge orders bridal shop to leave Ravinia Plaza by Sept. 1 because it owes thousands in back rent.

A Cook County judge has ordered the House of Brides to vacate its store at 15180 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park by Sept. 1 because the business owes $232,428 in back rent.

Judge Maureen P. Feerick issued an order for possession to Inland Real Estate Corp. on Thursday. A court date has been scheduled for Aug. 30 to discuss attorney fees and any damages that HOB Holding Corp. will owe.

Lawyers at Thursday’s hearing estimated the total amount due could surpass $400,000.

Feerick was not receptive to pleas for an extension by House of Brides owners Dale and Eve Buziecki.

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.

A call to the House of Brides store in Orland Park on Friday was not returned.

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.

For a look at the court record, click here.

voklst July 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM
At both Davids & HOB their 1st question to me was,"how many in your bridal party?" When I answered, "3" meaning me, the bride plus 2 maids of honor, the clerks walked away and told the other clerks do not waste time with me as theres no money to be made with me. That was Davids in Orland and HOB in Oak Lawn. I never even went into the Orland HOB due to that. I bought my Wedding dress at La Jolie Mode they never ever asked that dumb question and since my 2 step daughters will be my brides maids I'll work on that as we go. Those owners sound like the Sam McGuire thing all over again. Living beyond their means in what used to be a decent economy. They should have closed when they hit the $208K mark (why not 50K???) but they take from Peter to pay Paul. They have no loyal stick around employees because the minute you do not meet your sales goal you are fired.
Nana July 28, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Can I send the judge some flowers? Finally they get what they gave out. They lost a huge sale with my daughter when we went in because we were dressed very casual. She had 6 bridesmaids, & my dress! Don't judge a book by it's cover, idiots!
chuck July 28, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Agreed. Karma is a .........evdntuay you will get treated as you have treated others.
chuck July 28, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Sorry auto correct. Eventually I meant to say
Nana July 28, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Lol Chuck! We knew, at least I knew what you meant ;D
Megan James July 28, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Never experienced good customer service at any of these franchise shops, HOB, Davids or Eva's Bridal. All of them are only in it for the money. Heaven forbid u need alterations either. They'll talk u into to spending the alteration fee, but wont give it back if u dont need it, and if u do, they do crappy work, especially if ur not the bride. Lesson to future brides out there, only go to these stores if u want to see what a dress looks like in person. Once u find ur dream dress, go to a little family owned bridal shop! They can order anything just like the big shops. Most cases, will match or beat their price, and the best part...they are sincerely always just as excited as you about making your day prefect for you and everyone in your party.
Nana July 28, 2012 at 03:13 PM
There's a boutique on 87th St east of Harlem. Can't think of the name but thy took care of my daughter, me, & the girls and did all alterations cheap. The work was incredible and brides dress was $400 less then HOB & Davids!
cynthia malik July 28, 2012 at 03:26 PM
HOB also was caught for tax evasion last year. Guess what? Dale B, the owner, is in court fo non-compliance of the court order. Karma is a ......He is finally getting caught for all the horrilbe things he did and is doing.
cynthia malik July 28, 2012 at 03:28 PM
You might also want to google "Rip-Off Report" on that company and its owners. It is good read. Talk about BRIDES BEWARE.
frank July 28, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Something just hit me. To be that much behind, means you haven't paid rent for one year at $19,000 a month. Swift Justice? Common Sense? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Donna Brazas-Reynolds July 28, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Well, I think in order to evict commercially, there has to be at least four months of arrears. Then the time to contact the lawyer, get the plan together and filed, court date. If you'll read, the motion was first started March 1st. That's almost five full months ago.
Carol July 28, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I, too, am not surprised. My daughters and I walked into HOB last year looking for dresses for her wedding party of 8 and my dress. My daughter had bought hers at Davids in Kansas. No one offered to help at the front desk and they were young gals sitting on the phones. One pointed us in the direction of the dresses. We looked by ourselves through the selection which were poor, no one offered to help us in the fitting rooms and we had to run back and forth ourselves for other dresses. We walked out and no one even acknowledged us. Terrible customer service and another large sale they missed. We went down the street to David's who took care of us immediately and attended to our needs. However, if you needed to return a dress, they would not allow returns and they were charging over $300. for alterations. The girls went online and found discounted dresses at David's and purchased them and our own seamstress charged us $100. for all.
Paige McLaughlin July 28, 2012 at 05:31 PM
How dare them!! They were ordered to donate to the glass slipper project and apparently they "forgot" this year! The owners need to be behind bars, it is very apparent that they do not follow judges orders!! http://www.ripoffreport.com/bridal-shops/house-of-brides/house-of-brides-waiting-for-t-a13ae.htm
NL Resident July 29, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Shop local! http://www.bellasposaboutique.com/
Alison Mc July 29, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I worked with both hob orland park and Bella sposa. Bella Sposa made me feel like a bride and I loved going there. Hob didn't measure up. Have sent two friends to Bella Sposa and we all agree that that store is our favorite part of getting married!
John J Miller July 29, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Trying to profit off ones misfortune is sad. Shame on you!
New In Town July 29, 2012 at 03:27 PM
My daughter-in-law tried shopping there, The first question they ask is if you're interested in their "premier" line (aka big $$$ dresses). When she said no, you're told to look through the racks and find something "you like". Racks and racks of dirty and damaged merchandise. Why do you have to make an appointment with a consultant if all she does is tell you to go find your own dress? She tried 2 dresses and we all agreed we needed ti shop somewhere else, HOB couldn't have cared less if we stayed or left. We couldn't get away from their rudeness fast enough
Jamie July 29, 2012 at 07:33 PM
John miller shame on who?
voklst July 30, 2012 at 03:18 AM
John miller shame on you for not reading the entire threadline... We're all telling you and everyone our real life experiences with HOB. Not fiction. People reap what they sow. Having worked both sides of the fence in Retail and wholesale you do not make money on bad business. People use word of mouth so others do mot waste their money Get the most bang for their bucks and do not get ripped off in the process. This is not HOB's misfortune...its bad business practice. People here who have had a bad exoerience at hob monetarily or otherwise are suggesting other bridal shops where they had better experiences, so others reading this board do not get ripped off by hob's other 9 stores.. maybe you should go work for this misfortunate couple and help them out and see how you do as an employee. Because We as previous customers have been burned. Imagine my surprise reading this board to find out hob are 1) tax evaders and 2) have previous court/judges orders They are NOT adhering to. ...$50K is a misfortune...$280-500k is a criminal act. Bad business is voiced by the masses. Good business reaps the rewards.
Spacebun July 30, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Oh good Lord. Everyone chill. There are tons of happy customers from that store. I was one of them. Everyone there was nice to me, probably because I was nice to them. Try not having an attitude/superiority complex when you come into a store. Seriously. It makes you look like a mega-*****. That and I heard they're staying in Orland and moving to another plaza in the area.
Paige McLaughlin July 31, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Spacebun~ They can not open another store they are beyond behind in payments. What landlord in their right mind would rent to them? Inland is out, they burned Edwards in the past and they have 8 other stores that they are also having issues with. Most of those locations are mortgaged, not rented. I resent you saying that I am a megab**** I am not. They never ordered my dress- they admitted that and said they would refund me, which they never did. Another bridal shop ordered my dress and delivered it within 2 weeks!
frank July 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Paige McL, What's a megab**** ? Spacebun stated that she didn't want you to look like a mega-***** ! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Just wondering, Are the two ladies still hapilly married???????????????? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
voklst July 31, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Im very happily married..if you meant & sb I never walked in hob (or any other store for that matter) with an attitude. I went into a bridal store to buy a wedding dress and 2 maid of honor dresses. They then asked me, "how many in your bridal party?" read the 2nd thread for the rest of the story... I had no attitude. I had COLD HARD CASH... My engagement ring was 15K. I wanted really nice dresses. This clerk walked away from me. I was dismissed. She then told her fellow co-workers "do not waste your time on her and held up 3 fingers- meaning I only had 3 people in my wedding party. When I looked at the other clerks they turned away. So I took my money and went elsewhere. Why do you S B assume all the people who wrote similar stories here walked in with attitudes? I was getting married I wanted a great dress for great money...all I got was attitude.
voklst July 31, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I would think in order to rent another shop in orland they would need a valid business license from Orland park. Also were i the landlord of a strip mall I sure would look up their 'credit history' check with the county to see theres any judgements against the renter during the background check or is this on the order of a subprime loan?????
KMK August 02, 2012 at 02:08 AM
just remember buyer beware! there are a lot of crooks out there.. and bad business people who evade taxes and rent, bills, etc... just keep filing bankruptcy and starting new businesses..usually all the money went into their personal pockets and not the business :(
voklst August 08, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Updates & new article as of today 8/8/2012: "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." I have watched HOB in Orland & Oak Lawn no one in the stores- i dont even see clerks. I didnt check their door though But no cars at all in the Oak Lawn lot during normal business hours. Caveat Emptor is right.
Teg August 23, 2012 at 04:25 PM
House of Brides is leaving because the landlord Inland supposedly isn't properly maintaining the strip and is raising the rent to $35 a sqft.
Nancy Ghusein August 26, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Karma is a bad thing.
Spacebun October 08, 2012 at 07:13 PM
They reopened right after Labor Day weekend at 161st and LaGrange, just like the store manager told me they would. So, it appears they were not behind, and reopened just fine. They purchased this time to avoid rent increases. It's way bigger than the old spot. From my experience, I find that people who spend their time complaining tend to be the most difficult to work with. That sucks that your dress was never ordered. I would talk to the store manager about the refund. If nothing was ever ordered, I'm sure it could still be done. If nothing else, you could have the money back in your pocket/credit account.
j November 09, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I agree and am so glad that other people are voicing their horrible experiences. I put on every site possuble what happened to me and the only site that rejected it was this one. Stay away from this store they are run by greedy selfish dirt bags.


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