15 July, 2017
The move has incensed brides-to-be across the country - many of whom have already put down hundreds of dollars in deposits for wedding and bridesmaid dresses.
'We are all no longer employees of Alfred Angelo with immediate effect'.
Founded in 1933, the Florida-based bridal chain is one of the largest wedding dress manufactures in the world, selling gowns at more than 1,400 retailers in the USA and worldwide.
David's Bridal, a competitor of Alfred Angelo, didn't waste any time after hearing the news. That woman, too shaken to speak to 8News, said one employee slammed her arm in the door.
A seamstress under contract to Alfred Angelo is promising to get all of the unfinished dresses done and to have them shipped out.
'Rest assured that all BBSA members will work with retailers'.
Alfred Angelo operates almost 60 locations from coast to coast, and its dresses are available at 800 locations.
Patricia Redmond responded to our inquiry and said, "Yes, the company has closed all stores and is filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy".
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"Even if they say they're going to mail us dresses, how do they know we're going to get the right dress, or if anything will be wrong with our dress?" We spoke to a bridesmaid who told us her dress is paid in full but she has been given no information on how to pick it up.
"Panic, complete and utter disarray", said Julie Jones, one expectant bride who ordered several gowns from the store.
She told four in your corner she bought a dress for her son's wedding, but the store couldn't find it.
Alfred Angelo employees themselves were told of the closure Thursday during a conference call. Losing your job and dealing with hundreds of p****d off brides'.
Future brides said the shop shut down without notice Thursday.
Rumours began circulating yesterday saying that the company was going out of business.
But grooms-to-be may now conjure a very different, angry image when they think of Alfred Angelo. Its special occasion dresses are also stocked in 1,400 retailers.
Company representatives didn't talk to the media, and accounts of people streaming out of the building carrying plants came from other tenants in the office building.