HIGH POINT, N.C. — Imagine finding out the place where you plan to have your wedding is closing.
That’s exactly what happened when several brides found out through the grapevine the venue they booked closed suddenly.
We’re talking thousands of dollars people have spent at Noah’s Event Venue in High Point.
The company filed for bankruptcy last year, but the owners thought they could pay back their creditors. That apparently wasn’t enough for a judge who ordered the company to cease all operations.
Less than a week away from Kaliah Pemberton’s big day, she received the news she’s left with no venue.
“I mean it’s really disappointing,” Pemberton said.
She found out the venue suddenly closed after hearing it from her caterer instead of the business itself. She called and sent emails trying to get in contact with anyone but wasn’t successful Friday afternoon.
“My wedding is next week. I really need to know, and that was earlier today around noon. It’s after six o’clock now, and I still haven’t heard anything from them,” Pemberton said.
Pemberton and her fiance both serve in the military. They spent nearly $5,200 dollars on just the venue alone. They didn’t have an inclination the company wouldn’t fulfill their dream wedding.
“High Point is owned by 20 retiree investors, not a conglomerate entity. For the past year, we have forgiven Noah’s rent on the chance that the redirection of these funds would allow the company to survive under Chapter 11. We hoped that this would preclude the disaster that has occurred. Noah’s Corp has rendered its clients to organizational and financial chaos and has left the building owners holding huge debts in the wake of the Chapter 7 bankruptcy decision last Thursday.The owners of the High Point Venue Facility would like to take the opportunity to express their collective frustration at the way that Noah’s corporation has terminated its activities and caused the immediate cancellation of future planned events. We are genuinely horrified by this situation.”