HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Nervous brides rushed the Alfred Angelo Bridal shop in Short Pump on Friday after the chain abruptly went bankrupt.
A shop manager told customers all dresses already at the store would be delivered mailed overnight via FedEx. Customers waited by the truck, straining to make sure their dress was accounted for, since they weren't allowed to take them home directly.
"You don't mess with brides, not right before the wedding," said Amy Pinilis, whose nine bridesmaids have dresses on order at the store.
Alfred Angelo Bridal and its 62 stores are now closed, leaving many brides-to-be in the dark on the status of their dresses for the big day.
"I'm freaking out," said Mary Thompson, a bride who spent more than $2,000 at the store for her wedding dress and bridal party. "We never received a call or anything. I saw the news article that it was closed, and came down here this morning."
A source within the company said all of the Short Pump merchandise has been shipped to customers, and stores were told on June 29 to stop taking new orders.
We did reach out to Alfred Angelo's corporate headquarters and didn't hear back. A sign on the door told customers to contact email@example.com for claims.
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