Deputies now investigating sudden closing of Upstate bridal stor - FOX Carolina 21

Deputies now investigating sudden closing of Upstate bridal store

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Magnolia's Bridal on Congaree Road (Sep. 18, 2017/FOX Carolina) Magnolia's Bridal on Congaree Road (Sep. 18, 2017/FOX Carolina)
Notes left in the door of Magnolia's Bridal (Sep. 18, 2017/FOX Carolina) Notes left in the door of Magnolia's Bridal (Sep. 18, 2017/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Many brides-to-be have unanswered questions and now Greenville County deputies said they are investigating after Magnolia’s Bridal in Greenville County closed suddenly.

The bridal shop on Congaree Road was locked during normal business hours multiple days in September when FOX Carolina crews visited the location. Notes outside appeared to have been left by customers, including one person who wrote they drove from North Carolina to pick up their wedding dress, but couldn't make contact with the store owners.

Aside from letters jammed in the front door, there was no other indication regarding the store's closing.

According to the office of the South Carolina Secretary of State, the business was opened in September 2015 by Amber Sutherlan.

Ahmad Hakim, the landlord for the property, said he evicted the tenant, Rick Sutherlan/Magnolia’s Bridal, after the store fell behind on rent payments. Greenville County Probate Court records indicate Amber and Rick are married, although Hakim said the eviction was only filed against Rick Sutherlan.

Greenville County court records confirm that Hakim filed the eviction against Sutherlan and Magnolia’s on Sep. 1. 

Multiple patrons of the store have reached out to FOX Carolina, distressed regarding the inability to pick up dresses or tuxedos they ordered. Customers said they have been unable to reach Magnolia's employees by phone to receive an answer on when and if their purchases will be available.

The business's Facebook page has been removed.

Hakim said he is working to obtain possession of the clothing in the store in order to give it back to the owners, but first he must get permission from a magistrate.

FOX Carolina has made multiple attempts to contact the Sutherlans and Magnolia's Bridal, but has not received a response.

On Thursday, deputies confirmed four Magnolia Bridal customers had filed police reports and that investigators were working the case. Deputies said Thursday they were still trying to track down the business owners.

Deputies are asking any anyone else with pending business with Magnolia Bridal to file police reports.

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