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DULUTH - Bridal customers told FOX 21 Friday that they are in shock and don't know what's next, after the doors are locked up at long-time bridal shop Prince Bride of Duluth.
Princess Bride has been in business for more than 20 years, but now its future is in question.
FOX 21 quickly learned of bridal parties who are more than nervous, not only about a potential loss of deposits, but also if they'll be able to get a replacement dress in time for that special day.
The only strong message that was coming from the business of Princess Bride near the Miller Hill Mall was in the form of a bright orange eviction notice from the building owner, Timothy Jubie, for rent owed.
Mary Verhel, of Duluth, is the mother of a 24-year-old soon-to-be bride.
Verhel told FOX 21's Dan Hanger that she's texted, e-mailed and repeatedly called Annette Mega, owner of Princess Bride, but that she's heard nothing back, as of Friday.
"They just go to a beep and tell you there's no answering service set up. So, that was a pretty good indication there was trouble," Verhel said.
Reached by phone late Friday, a person who identified herself as Mega's sister told Hanger Megas is talking with an attorney about the eviction and that she plans to open in a new building and honor all orders.
But just when that will actually happen was not immediately known.
"It's always unfortunate when businesses come on hard time," said Tracee Lundeen, producer and owner of the Duluth Bridal Show.
Lundeen, whose annual bridal show is happening Saturday, said Princess Bride has paid for a booth at this year's event, and he's already gotten calls about
"I do know we have had a lot of calls from worried businesses because they know they're in, or potentially in, our show tomorrow," Lundeen said.
"Sadly, the last eight years or so has been a terrible economy. It gets tougher and tougher for local business all the time," Lundeen went on to say.
In the meantime, the clock ticked on Friday night for bridal parties, with an unanswered question of what to do next – in what's becoming a nightmare for some soon-to-be brides.
"That's the worst part about it. It's like you're supposed to order your dress this many months in advance, and now its maybe not going to happen," Verhel said.
The company's Facebook page was taken down Friday evening, which including customers' comments asking what's going on with their orders.
A spokesperson with the Better Business Bureau said affected customers should keep trying to call and write the business, and if needed, call the police to file a report.
The following numbers for Princess Bride of Duluth, LLC, are posted on the eviction notice.218-485-1112218-878-0249