Alfred Angelo store closings leave brides in a panic


Popular bridal dress retailer Alfred Angelo has shut down its stores across the US and filed for bankruptcy protection, reports said Thursday.

Brides 10/11 talked to drove from more than an hour away to try and pick up their wedding and bridesmaid dresses before the store closed.

Some women said they received calls from the store while others found out on social media. Chabala and her daughter Ashley found out Wednesday night the bridal store was closing through social media.

Lawrence told CNNMoney that she visited Alfred Angelo's Manchester, Connecticut location in April and put down $950 for her dream wedding dress. "You can pick it up in August when your dress comes.' I thought it was a joke, I can't really believe it", customer Katie Kortuem told KTXL-TV outside a Roseville, California, store.

Another soon-to-be bride, Ericka Puccio, told Eyewitness News that she has two of her five bridesmaid dresses.

McIntyre has been in touch with company attorneys daily by phone and written communication in an effort to resolve the issue. "I paid. I was there on Sunday, and next thing I knew I called the store and it kept on ringing and ringing", Moy said.

Refunding the money would mean about a $4,000 loss to McIntyre. said that several employees were in the DeWitt offices taking calls from customers.

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The Florida-based company, which has a store on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in Kearny Mesa and on Vista Way in Oceanside, plans to file for bankruptcy protection, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Maryland Attorney General's Office has received calls from anxious soon-to-be brides and tried to reach the company, too, but could not reach anyone. "Everyone left one by one with cardboard boxes, plants. I had literally just spoken with the store on Wednesday evening who confirmed all the information", said Busboom. They will help with whatever they can, for as long as they can (EOB today). "It was so freaky", said an unnamed source to the Palm Beach Post.

"As a wedding dress retailer that has dressed brides and their bridal parties for over 80 years, we continue the timeless vision of our founders, Alfred Angelo Piccione and Edythe Vincent Piccione, by offering elegant and affordable contemporary wedding dress and bridal party fashions", the company's website states.

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.

Her $1,800 dress, a strapless white gown with a full skirt and beaded bodice, was paid for and was at the shop to be pressed for her Saturday wedding.

In the US Alfred Angelo appears to be closing all or most of its stores, of which there are more than 60 nationwide.

"Am I going to get it?"