by: Tom Regan Updated:
NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Employees of a closet renovation business in north Fulton County contacted Channel 2 Action News to say that they are owed a week's pay following the company’s abrupt closing.
"They really didn't give us any notification of what was going on, so we don't know what is going on with the business yet," Closet Factory employee Kevin Belanger said.
Belanger was among a dozen employees who arrived at the company's assembly and supply office in Roswell on Monday to find a sign on the door stating the business was closed. The employees said when they attempted to contact the couple that owns the business, their phones had been disconnected.
"We found the doors locked, a ‘closed’ sign on the door, and absolutely no reason why. When we tried to contact them, no answer," said employee Dianna Vincente.
Channel 2's Tom Regan accompanied the manager of the Closet Factory showroom when she opened the darkened store space in Johns Creek. She said as a result of the closing, she will have to cancel many installation orders from customers who already paid a 50 percent deposit.
"I had a client who called; she was supposed to be installed today, and she paid $3,500 down," said showroom manager Maggie Horie.
Horie said she may have to cancel orders for hundreds of customers who paid thousands of dollars up front.
"They need to start contacting their credit card companies," said Horie.
The employees provided Regan with phone numbers for the owners of the business. He called the numbers and found they were disconnected. He also sent an email seeking a comment but did not receive a response.