Left at altar? Store bankruptcy leaves brides in the lurch

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Popular bridal shop Alfred Angelo has closed its Cherry Hill location as part of an abrupt nationwide shutdown late this week, sending brides in New Jersey and across the country scrambling to find wedding dresses.

"[Employees] would not speak to reporters, but told a group of anxious customers to contact the law firm listed on the door and that the company had not paid them for work this week."Local brides and bridesmaids milled in front of the store for hours, each one peering nervously through the windows and knocking on the glass". Its "customer care" account hasn't tweeted since July 5.

Picture ordering dresses for your wedding only to find out the company may have filed for bankruptcy.

"It typically always gets better after the bankruptcy filing for customers who have goods that have already been purchased", Redmond said.

Customers are welcomed to visit any David's Bridal store with their original branded Alfred Angelo retail receipt on or before August 14, 2017 to receive these offers.

"They called and said they were going out of business and pick it up by 6 o'clock", Nicole Gross, a bridesmaid in an upcoming wedding, told CBS News in NY.

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They can also order a new dress, and Stephanie Leigh will waive all of the rush-order fees. "I heard some of the dresses were going to this Enchanted Bridal and I didn't know the person at all, and it was a huge group, so I thought I'll try that".

Additionally, a search through the #alfredangelo tag on Twitter brings up some brides who are willing to donate their own dresses for those left in the cold because of the sudden store closures.

Bridesmaid Natalie Buck, who's in a wedding in October, told KPCC that when she called Visa about the situation, "They said that if the company doesn't follow through then they will give me my money, and they will go after Alfred Angelo".

"I asked if they were going out of business".

Alfred Angelo is based in Delray Beach, Fla., north of Boca Raton.

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