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Employees face layoffs at Premier Resorts

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A number of employees with Premier Resort at Barefoot Resort say they have been laid off from their jobs Tuesday, despite an official confirmation from resort officials.

Resort officials were not available for comment, and Tuesday evening all offices were locked and closed. A sign at the resort states it is closed and to contact Beach Vacations, a nearby vacation rental company, regarding any questions.

The owner of Beach Vacations, Bill Baldree, says early Tuesday morning, his company received a call from Premier Resorts asking for assistance with customers.

"Their marketing director notified us that as of [Tuesday], they would no longer be handling accommodations at Barefoot Resort," he said.

Baldree says the resort's marketing director did not go into the specifics of the request, but rather requested his company's help with upcoming tourist referrals.

However, the people who had planned events at the Resort say they have no one to call.

"The problem is right now, that there just isn't that many answers," said Katie Allison, who had planned to get married at Premier Resort in early November. "There is no one to go to, there is no one to talk to and when you go to knock at the office, the doors are closed."

Allison says it's very frustrating to have planned a wedding for months only to have the venue go bankrupt weeks before the event.

"[We're] definitely going into scramble mode, and [we'll] try to have something accomplished so we can have our wedding," Allison said.

According to court documents, Premier Resorts filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in April. Calls to the company's headquarters in Park City, UT, have also not been returned.

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