GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Brides who expected to get their wedding dresses from Alfred Angelo in Grand Rapids may be out of luck.
The formal wear retailer has closed all of its stores nationwide, including its location at 3763 28th Street SE, near the Shops at CenterPoint mall. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the Florida-based chain planned to shutter all of its stores at the end of the business day Thursday and file for bankruptcy protection.
Alfred Angelo offered no warning of closing its doors to business, and even still advertises a large sale on its website.
The abrupt closing has left many West Michigan brides-to-be scrambling to figure out what to do next.
“I have a wedding in October and I came here for the bridesmaid dresses and now they’re just closed,” said bride-to-be Jessica Gibbs.
Fortunately for Gibbs, she bought her wedding gown at another store. However, she purchased all of her custom tailored and color matched bridesmaid dresses from Alfred Angelo.
“We got no notice about it,” she said. “I didn’t even have a chance to come here and try and pick them up. And I don’t know if I’m going to get my money back either.”
Several bridal stores are stepping up to help customers impacted by the closure, including David’s Bridal, Caela Scott Bridal & Formalwear in Holland, Second Dance Bridal and Formal Consignment in Grand Rapids, America’s Bride in Grand Rapids, Memories Bridal & Evening Wear in downtown Kalamazoo and Becker’s Bridal in Fowler.
Gibbs was among those who went to Second Dance Bridal and Formal Consignment in search of assistance. The store has received many calls from desperate brides trying to figure out a new plan.
“Asking if we know anything about the business going out and anything we can do to help them,” said store manager Hannah Naqvi.
A sign posted on the door of Alfred Angelo’s 28th Street store encouraged customers with questions to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alfred Angelo stores have offered bridal dresses and wedding accessories for more than 80 years, with 60 locations nationwide, according to the company’s website.
E-mails and phone calls to the company and the Miami bankruptcy law firm who’s representing the retailer were not answered.