A local homeowner is out $17,000 after a cabinet company suddenly went out of business.
Frank Melbourn of Bay Park said he paid Bardon Cabinets the money as a down payment for cabinets in several rooms of his house.
However, on Tuesday, with no warning, he found out the company was no more.
"We were just distraught," said Melbourn. "It felt like someone kicked us in the stomach."
Bardon Cabinets' 4,500-square foot showroom in the Miramar area was locked with the lights turned off.
Melbourn went to the home of the company's owners, Felix "Eddie" Brown and his wife Pam, on Thursday. He saw a moving van in the driveway.
Bardon has been named best cabinet maker in San Diego in several polls, and it has an A-plus rating from the Better Business Bureau. The BBB told 10News they had no complaints against Bardon until this week. They've since had three, one of them coming from Melbourn.
"They were well-known for over 20 years for doing quality work," Melbourn said. "I had every confidence they were going to perform and it was going to be beautiful."
Some online reviews were not too favorable.
"Once the contract was signed, the problems began," someone wrote in 2007.
Another comment from 2009 read: "High price yet unprofessional and poor workmanship."
Melbourn was aware of those comments, but he said his research indicated the problems were with tile work. He said the cabinet work was supposed to be excellent. Now he may never know.
"I'm furious," he said. "But the other thing is I'm also embarrassed. How can someone take that money from you and then not be able to do anything about it?"
Melbourn has contacted the San Diego County District Attorney's Office and filed a complaint with the Contractors State License Board.
Melbourn told 10News, "I don't ever think I'll see my money."
He said he worries other people may be in the same boat.
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