The Ramada in Moline shut its doors permanently in April. Now the events scheduled there are in limbo, and many are scrambling to find a replacement.
First Colorado National Bank owns the property now. Ruhl & Ruhl has it listed at $2.75 million dollars.
The realty company is overseeing the property and tells us about ten events were scheduled to happen there.
The people who booked those events have been waiting ever since the doors closed to get their deposits back, including a couple planning their wedding there.
Michelle Kemerling and Wyatt O'Neal met online last year, and they've been together ever since.
"I was like, do you wanna get married?" O'Neal jokes.
"I was like sure!" Kemerling says.
The pair picked the Ramada in Moline, planning a wedding for 90 guests, putting together center pieces and invitations, until they got a phone call in April.
"They called at like 3pm, said well, we're closing at 4," Kemerling says.
The hotel was closing for good.
"I was mad, I cried, I called him [my fiancé], and I cried," Kemerling says, "They just canceled on us, what are we going to do?"
The pair had put down $750for the space and the date and were told they'd get the money within a week.
"We call them, we call them probably every couple weeks, they say we don't have it yet," Kemerling says.
The couple is not alone. About ten others had scheduled events there.
The Ramada's former general manager tells TV6 with the foreclosure, the money needs to be sorted out by the realtor then signed off by the bank handling it.
She says the people owed will get their money. A representative with Ruhl & Ruhl says they expect the refunds to be sent out within the next two weeks.
"It's definitely frustrating, every day that goes by it's a little bit more frustrating," O'Neal says.
Without the money, the couple has put their wedding on hold.
"My parents, they sent us money to go toward it, her mom gave money to go toward it.. that was pretty much it," O'Neal says.
The couple haven't had much luck making new plans.
"We can't find anybody that has the date open for the price we can afford," O'Neal says.
For now, they just have to wait and see.
"We're just waiting on Ramada to give the money back," Kemerling says.
"We'll do our best to get married anyway," O'Neal adds.
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