This week, many a bridal party were left scrambling when wedding outfitting chain Alfred Angelo unexpectedly closed it’s 60 locations. After filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, we now know that the company, founded in 1933, has only about $50,000 in assets, but is in debt for over $50 million.
On July 13th, The Palm Beach Post reported that “Employees at Alfred Angelo’s corporate office in Delray Beach left the building en masse…”
People left the Florida office, “carrying boxes, plants and other personal belongings.” It seems the company underwent a massive layoff, with no warning to it’s nationwide locations or those store’s employees.
Alfred Angelo has since issued an apology to their customers on the company’s website, along with information about how to proceed with an existing order: “We apologize for the inconvenience and hardship resulting from this event. We appreciate your patience. Thank you.” But for many, the apology is too little too late.
It wasn’t long before customers left without any answers started posting their confusion and anger to social media:
In response, Twitter created #dressmatchmaker to link up former brides with those women left out in the cold by the retailer.
Additionally, competing chains are offering help to those affected by Alfred Angelo’s sudden exit from the wedding industry:
If you are a bride who can bear to part with her wedding dress, head on over to Twitter to hook your dress up with someone in need.