Brides-to-be panic as bridal retailer Alfred Angelo abruptly closes

Alfred Angelo Bridal closed all of its shops Thursday, leaving some ladies in a lurch but one Glen Burnie shop is stepping up to help.

One store that News 6 spoke with said it has already had anxious Angelo brides come to their business looking for new dresses. The panic is setting in for many brides and their families, and the company has offered no clear path to resolution.

OH bride-to-be Amber McGraw said she didn't know how to describe the "sick feeling" she had paying "for a wedding dress I won't get". She says no matter what, her customers won't be losing any of their money. "But right now, I'm just scrapping together enough to pay for another dress", Accinelli said.

"We just found out at 10 a.m. yesterday morning that we don't have jobs", she said. Mollie Frish, a seamstress at the Alfred Angelo store in Manchester, Connecticut, said employees were advised at the beginning of their shift on Thursday morning that it would be their last day of work.

Bridesmaid Sydney Santiago showed up Friday looking for her gown. "I could have gone in and gotten a different dress off the rack that fit me", said Munguria. So they shipped three of them out and one girl is not getting a dress that matches us. Santiago isn't sure what she'll do if her dress isn't inside one of those final FedEx shipments. "But it's not the same design." said Michaela Wilcox.

Former employees and local business owners say the lack of transparency is upsetting. And I'm sure they've had a lot of insane brides today calling and complaining.

"They are offering special rushes at no charge", Sharon Townsend with Tiffany's Bridal said.

"By the end of last night, I was probably full of a red-hot rage just like a bunch of them", said Harris. "Certainly if the company owes Uncle Sam money, such as payroll taxes, then the consumers who are out what would may seem like a lot of money for them, a $1,000 or $2,000 (bill), are probably a much smaller priority than the government", Karni said.

All of the brides and family members who talked to Gray-TV affiliate KOLN, said they found out via social media and had heard nothing from the store. According to the Wall Street Journal, numerous managers of these stores were not made aware of the closure beforehand, despite the fact that the company's board of directors made the decision to make the filing on Monday. The officers deescalated the situation and it was resolved with no enforcement action taken.

Though the store was deserted Friday, Thursday it was a revolving door of people scrambling to get their belongings.

Brides or bridal parties who have been impacted by the sudden closures have been advised to contact attorney Patricia A. Redmond with the Miami-based law firm Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson.

Vanessa Coleman

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