Brides scramble to secure dresses in sudden closing of Alfred Angelo stores

Marie Harrington
July 15, 2017

Alfred Angelo's, the Delary Beach, Florida-based bridal retail store, has apparently closed its doors for good, potentially leaving soon-to-be brides and bridesmaids across the nation looking for new dresses.

Melisa Rothstein said she was told to at the store at 6 p.m., but when she showed up the doors were already locked.

"They called my bridesmaids this morning and I get frantic phone calls", said Cassidy, a bride who didn't want to reveal her last name.

When wedding dress retailer Alfred Angelo closed abruptly, it left many brides-to-be without wedding dresses for future weddings.

Capozzola and others have been calling the store, corporate headquarters, customer service and emailing the address provided on the closing sign.

The Times reports that staff stayed and worked for free Thursday to help as many brides as they could.

"I think it's unbelievable the fact you can have a national chain with so much responsibility for peoples' happiness go under with no notice", said soon-to-be bride Kimberly Moy. The company has yet to issue a formal statement regarding the closures as of early Friday afternoon. Another groom said his bride is too upset to talk, but also has a dress there and can't get through to anyone.

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It remained unclear whether customers would receive items they'd ordered and paid for. Alfred Angelo has more than 60 of its own boutiques, and sells its gowns as a wholesaler in 1,400 other retailers.

"You're pulling on emotional heart strings and that's just not right", said Jones. Alfred Angelo has not confirmed that all of its stores will close. One girl couldn't afford the dress, so Stawarz paid for it herself.

Janel said if the company can not fulfill her store's orders, Valens plans to refund the brides out their own pockets. "Our whole wedding is over if we can't get that dress".

Two store representatives asked Slaybaugh to leave and walked he and his photographer to the door. "We don't know", Frish told NBC Connecticut.

A representative of the Glen Burnie store said customers should send them an invoice for what they bought.

"The bride has her dress, " she said "I'm frustrated because we're not getting any answers".

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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