Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Alfred Angelo abruptly closes stores; files for bankruptcy


A bridal company has suddenly shut down, and has left many brides to be in a lurch.

Alfred Angelo Bridal closed its doors on all of its locations nationwide Thursday afternoon with little warning. The company had one store in Fort Myers.

At the Fort Myers location Friday the doors were locked, with simply a sign that said “Store Closed” on the door and a contact email address for more information. The email address directs to a law firm which specializes in insolvency law.

It’s unclear what will happen to those who had already ordered through Alfred Angelo, either at one of its stores or one of its partner locations, whether they will get their dresses or if they will be receiving refunds. Employees were present in the store, and delivery vehicles were still coming to the Fort Myers location.

The company’s website makes no mention of the company’s closing, and Alfred Angelo’s customer service line only led to a voicemail when called on Friday.

Based out of Delray Beach, the bridal gown maker filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which means to liquidate its assets, in a West Palm Beach court on Friday, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The company had 60 locations nationwide, and had 1,400 partner stores which carried its inventory.

According to the bankruptcy filings, the company claimed to have assets of less than $50,000, with liabilities over $50 million.

The company’s headquarters in Delray Beach was also closed and locked, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

David’s Bridal, a competing company, announced on Twitter Friday that it would offer 30 percent discounts to any brides affected by Alfred Angelo’s closing, and 20 percent to bridesmaids. David’s is also waiving rush fees for alterations.

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