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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.

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 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.

There was no news of a new wedding center or temporary location on the House of Brides website or Facebook page, as of Tuesday evening.

A receptionist at the Orland store said that location was still open, but she didn’t know anything about the move.

Karie Friling, , 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.

Read the court record about the pending litigation.

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voklst August 08, 2012 at 05:54 PM
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.
Mabel August 11, 2012 at 01:41 AM
You sat there all day? You have to give the company props. It keeps moving forward no matter what. I guess that's why they are the "World's Largest Wedding Store". Or so it says everywhere I hear about them. I have heard good and bad things about them but, the wedding industry has to be one of the hardest to survive in. Look at David's they are on the chopping block yet again. I give House of Brides 5 stars for there innovation and endurance. What they do is not easy. I actually shopped there and so did my sister. We both had a great experience. They create tons of jobs and lots of them are for women! I'm excited to see the new location!

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