Sudbury couples scramble after florist, restaurant close
Clients who booked flowers or catering with the Sudbury businesses trying to make other arrangements
The sudden closure of two wedding-related businesses in Sudbury has many people wondering if they will see hundreds — or even thousands of dollars — in deposits back.
Karine Daoust and her fiancée put down a deposit of more than $500 at Urban Floral Designs for their August wedding.
“You kind of have to put your trust in everybody else's hands and just hope for the best,” she said.
Daoust said she hasn't heard from the store owners, so she's found another florist.
As for her deposit, she paid with a credit card. And for that reason the Canadian Anti-fraud centre’s Daniel Williams said the odds are good she will get her money back.
“The consumer needs to dispute it with the issuer — the bank or credit card company — and there's an excellent chance they will recover all of their money,” he said.
Anyone who paid with cash is left to try to contact the owners to discuss next steps.
Williams said there would only be a fraud investigation if the business owners continued to collect deposits with the knowledge they would be closing.
It's not clear why Urban Floral Designs closed. When contacted by CBC News, one of the owners said she couldn't comment on the situation.
Curious Thymes owner Vince Potter said he could not comment on the restaurant closure at this time, but said anyone who had an event booked directly with the restaurant has been contacted.
Science North has also contacted any clients who have events planned at the science centre that were to be catered by Curious Thymes.