Alfred Angelo abruptly closes its bridal stores nationwide
- Author: Leroy Wright Jul 14, 2017,
Jul 14, 2017, 23:54
Sudden closures aren't unheard-of in the world of business - Dick's Last Resort in Newport was shuttered overnight a year ago - but in the world of weddings, they send out ripples of alarm that touch far more lives than those of their employees and shareholders.
"It's a frightful experience, " said Samantha Capozzola of Syracuse, who was at the store with her fiance, Chris LaCroix. "I have had stores calling me and if I have it, then I am giving it to them", she said. One bride to be said that her sister had given her $1,000 for her wedding to buy her dress and now she would not have the dress or a refund and could not afford to pay for another wedding dress.
A spokesperson said: 'As a team we have unfortunately found out this devastating news with no prior notice and are just as shocked and saddened as I know you all are too.
In a statement Alfred Angelo UK said it was announcing the news with "an extremely heavy heart".
Bridal retailer R.K. Bridal, located in the Garment district, was one of very few local stores who still carried dresses from Alfred Angelo.
"No comment", responded the employee. Others learned of the closures through social media and arrived only to find the locations closed.
"I knocked on the doors until someone came out, " she said.
"(The bride) is actually getting married September in Columbia. Slaybaugh asked once more.
The store gave customers a slip of paper with the corporate number and an attorney's number. Once 8News left, brides continued to pour in trying to get answers, however the doors were locked.
"We call ourselves the front lines, dealing with brides, which can often be a stressful time", an anonymous store manager told the WSJ.
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.
In Tampa, customers were told that if they were unable to pick up their dress yesterday that it would be sent via FedEx.
Courtney Johnson, who lives in downtown Richmond and is the maid of honor for Pinilis, followed a FedEx driver to the back of the store when she found the store employee. They were wonderful to everybody. "We don't know", said Frish.
"I want to cry, I just want to cry", said Ross. Calls from upset brides and bridesmaids, including customers of the Alfred Angelo in Baton Rouge, have been ongoing since Thursday morning, he said.