July 26, 2017

Brides panic after bridal shop closes

15 July 2017, 12:37 | Ignacio Smith

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Twitter member @Tina_Braz wrote: "Was standing in my future wedding dress, tears in my eyes, saying yes, when I was told #alfredangelo has shut down and I can't order the dress".

Several brides-to-be took to social media to express anger and frustration over the sudden closure. We spoke to a bridesmaid who told us her dress is paid in full but she has been given no information on how to pick it up.

Because she has more than 200 Alfred Angelo dresses in stock, McIntyre has been getting calls from other bridal stores, hoping to she may have dresses for brides who will not be getting their gowns.

Crystal Hinton found out the "alfred angelo's bridal" store on Clairemont Mesa shutdown Thursday, but no one has been able to inform her if, when or how she can get her dress.

Shaler Township resident Cindy Neal headed down to collect her future daughter-in-law's gown only to find out it was not ready yet.

"I tried to call, nobody was answering", said bride Sarah McCallum who learned about it over social media. In Riverside, customers said they were blindsided by a call Thursday morning that warned them to pick up their dresses by 6 p.m. or they might never see them again. "One of them said it they were all fired today ..." News reports across the country included accounts of brides attempting to get their dresses after stores suddenly closed.

A sign taped to the window of the Dublin, Ohio location says, "CLOSED - Your merchandise will be shipped by store or seamstresses".

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The news has blindsided brides-to-be and left employees jobless. "I can figure it out, but I'm still upset because I paid for something and I don't know if I'll get a refund", McCallum said.

The Wall Street Journal reports, citing company sources, that Alfred Angelo Bridal hired Miami-based law firm Stearns, Weaver, and Miller to guide the company through legal proceedings for bankruptcy protection. also reported that Alfred Angelo plans to file for liquidation under Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to a letter sent by company lawyers to a "valued partner".

"It's a awful experience, " said Samantha Capozzola of Syracuse, who was at the store with her fiance, Chris LaCroix.

"I'm really trying to stay calm, but all the money we put into these dresses", Mejia said.

In a statement published on the Bridal Buyer website, the BBSA said: 'Retailers should try to remain calm whilst clarity is established on what they may have in place to deal with any outstanding orders.

Bridal stores around the nation like R.K. Bridal have offered discounts and other assistance those affected by the dress maker's shutdown.

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