Delray Beach-based bridal store chain Alfred Angelo filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation late Friday afternoon within hours of closing its stores, according to the Daily Business Review.
The retailer, in business more than 80 years, shut down its 61 locations across the U.S. without notice.
Brides-to-be across the country told BuzzFeed and other news outlets they were blindsided by the store closings. Many of them showed up at their shops to check on promised alterations and found apologies posted on the door along with an email address for the chain’s Miami bankruptcy attorney, Patricia Ann Redmond of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson.
Davids Bridal posted this on their Facebook page:
We are aware that wedding dress retailer Alfred Angelo Bridal has closed most if not all of its stores, and as a result, brides and bridesmaids may not receive their dress order as expected. We know how much goes into planning a wedding, and want to ensure that everyone affected by this news can still have the day of their dreams.
Visit any David’s Bridal location in the U.S. and, upon presentation of your original branded Alfred Angelo retail receipt, receive special discounts on new wedding and bridesmaid dresses.
The Better Business Bureau posted this information for those affected:
Customers can visit BBB’s report for the company at http://bbb.org/h/jubg where BBB will be posting updates as more detailed information is confirmed. Customers can also file a complaint by using the “submit a complaint button” on the report to document their concerns.
It is important for affected consumers to consider the following tips:
- Contact your credit card company– If your purchase was made using a credit card contact your credit card company and file a chargeback.
- Gather your receipts and documents– This will help in preparation for any opportunities to obtain a resolution.
- Contact third party retailers– If you made your purchase from a third party retailer look into their refund policy and contact them to see if they can help.
- Be careful with discounts– Some Bridal stores are offering discounts to brides who have been affected by the Alfred Angelo closings. If you decide to take advantage of these discounts make sure you understand any applicable terms and policies, especially if you don’t have time for errors and alterations.
- Beware of online donations and crowdfunding pages– when unfortunate events occur, it opens the door to potential scammers who are looking to take advantage of the situation. Beware of any person who claims they can help you retrieve your dress from the store for a fee, or any crowdfunding pages looking to raise money for a dress they lost. Only communicate with a designated bankruptcy attorney, if assigned.
A meeting of creditors is set for Aug. 28 in West Palm Beach.