Alfred Angelo shuts doors, brides-to-be scramble to find dresses

The sign in the window at Alfred Angelo bridal shop in De Witt on Thursday

Janel said if the company can not fulfill her store's orders, Valens plans to refund the brides out their own pockets.

All of the brides and family members 10/11 talked to Thursday night, said they found out via social media and had heard nothing from the store.

But brides who purchased dresses from the label have no idea if they will receive them, or whether they will get a refund, now that the dress maker has closed up shop. The company's website said there are more than 800 stores offering Alfred Angelo merchandise.

The Alfred Angelo Bridal store at 5037 South Cleveland Ave., along with hundreds of others, suddenly closed its doors for good Thursday to the surprise of bridal parties. That woman, too shaken to speak to 8News, said one employee slammed her arm in the door.

"We call ourselves the front lines, dealing with brides, which can often be a stressful time", an anonymous store manager told the WSJ. "It's kind of hard to find a flawless dress after you've already found a ideal dress and paid for it, so we'll have to go from there", added Cassidy. Fudge said they sent her to Miamisburg for the shipments.

Customers say they have been unable to reach stores by phone.

An employee at another location told us over the phone that they are expecting some sort of statement to be put online at around noon Friday and it will hopefully provide some more answers for these brides who do not know where their gowns and dresses are. We were also unable to get through to any individual stores.




A company employee at another store called the firing of the employees as a "mass exodus before lunchtime".

The company based in Delray Beach, Florida, and was founded in 1933 by Alfred Angelo and his wife, Edythe Piccione, in Philadelphia.

"I am fully prepared to pay (customers) their money back, but I am holding on to hope that there is final shipment", she said. "This is our dream day and to not know what's going on with our dress, it's like our life".

Sue Sturgis, president of Cause for Paws, said the dresses were donated by Ellynne Bridal. They have more than 60 stores across the country.

"I can't believe (Alfred Angelo) would have the courage or stupidity to go against brides", Johnson said.

Other customers who ordered their dresses online have not received their items at all.

"I tried to pick my dress up but they said they didn't have it", bride-to-be Caitlyn Sylva told the station.

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