Salon's sudden shutdown sparks lawsuit

Nesbit salon shut down suddenly last week. Photo by Michael Thompson.

Nesbit salon closed down suddenly last week. Photo by Michael Thompson.

Just days after a longtime Fan salon abruptly shut down, its landlord is coming after the business and its owners.

Carol and Greg Nestor, owners of the now-shuttered Nesbit Salon and Spa at 2309 W. Main St., were sued last week along with Salon Pro of Richmond Inc. by the building’s owner for claims of unpaid rent on a broken lease.

Advance Building Construction, a Richmond general contracting firm, owns the building and is seeking a judgment of $185,000, including $143,000 in rent due for the remainder of the lease.

Richmond lawyer Rob Smith is representing the landlord and filed the suit in Richmond Circuit Court on Oct. 21.

“The allegations speak for themselves,” Smith said.

The salon's owners posted a sign on its door last week.

The salon’s owners posted a sign on its door last week.

Salon Pro Inc., under which the business operated, renewed the lease on the Fan space in 2012 for five years. The lease called for $52,913 in annual rent, according to the suit. The Nestors are guarantors on the lease, the case claims.

Nesbit had been open for 19 years — about seven of which were under the Nestors’ ownership — before closing on Oct. 16, according to the case. It also occupied space in the neighboring building at 2311 W. Main St. which is owned by a separate landlord. A sign posted on the salon’s entrance last week said it had closed permanently.

The closure sparked some outcry, as reported by local media outlets, from longtime Nesbit customers who expressed anger over services already paid for and gift cards that had yet to be redeemed.

Carol Nestor addressed the salon’s closure in an Oct. 8 email that was included as evidence in the lawsuit. It was sent to Advance Building owner Christopher Branch, as well as Michael Wood, who owns the property at 2311 W. Main St., and Don Andree of Bank of Virginia.

“After much thought, sleepless nights, and financial struggles, Greg and I have decided to close Nesbit…” she wrote in the email. “As each of you know, it has been a monumental effort to meet the obligations to each of you, let alone our vendors, payroll etc.”

The Nestors could not be reached for comment.

Branch said last week he hopes to see the space continue on as a salon.

“We’d like to find another new salon to move in,” Branch said. “All we need is somebody to take over the lease.”

The property at 2309 W. Main St. is about 4,400-square feet. Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is handling the lease or sale of the 6,900-square-foot property at 2311 W. Main St.

Nesbit salon shut down suddenly last week. Photo by Michael Thompson.

Nesbit salon closed down suddenly last week. Photo by Michael Thompson.

Just days after a longtime Fan salon abruptly shut down, its landlord is coming after the business and its owners.

Carol and Greg Nestor, owners of the now-shuttered Nesbit Salon and Spa at 2309 W. Main St., were sued last week along with Salon Pro of Richmond Inc. by the building’s owner for claims of unpaid rent on a broken lease.

Advance Building Construction, a Richmond general contracting firm, owns the building and is seeking a judgment of $185,000, including $143,000 in rent due for the remainder of the lease.

Richmond lawyer Rob Smith is representing the landlord and filed the suit in Richmond Circuit Court on Oct. 21.

“The allegations speak for themselves,” Smith said.

The salon's owners posted a sign on its door last week.

The salon’s owners posted a sign on its door last week.

Salon Pro Inc., under which the business operated, renewed the lease on the Fan space in 2012 for five years. The lease called for $52,913 in annual rent, according to the suit. The Nestors are guarantors on the lease, the case claims.

Nesbit had been open for 19 years — about seven of which were under the Nestors’ ownership — before closing on Oct. 16, according to the case. It also occupied space in the neighboring building at 2311 W. Main St. which is owned by a separate landlord. A sign posted on the salon’s entrance last week said it had closed permanently.

The closure sparked some outcry, as reported by local media outlets, from longtime Nesbit customers who expressed anger over services already paid for and gift cards that had yet to be redeemed.

Carol Nestor addressed the salon’s closure in an Oct. 8 email that was included as evidence in the lawsuit. It was sent to Advance Building owner Christopher Branch, as well as Michael Wood, who owns the property at 2311 W. Main St., and Don Andree of Bank of Virginia.

“After much thought, sleepless nights, and financial struggles, Greg and I have decided to close Nesbit…” she wrote in the email. “As each of you know, it has been a monumental effort to meet the obligations to each of you, let alone our vendors, payroll etc.”

The Nestors could not be reached for comment.

Branch said last week he hopes to see the space continue on as a salon.

“We’d like to find another new salon to move in,” Branch said. “All we need is somebody to take over the lease.”

The property at 2309 W. Main St. is about 4,400-square feet. Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is handling the lease or sale of the 6,900-square-foot property at 2311 W. Main St.

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