Has Alfred Angelo Bridal chain left brides at the altar?
The Alfred Angelo Bridal chain apparently has left its clients at the altar.
The Alfred Angelo shop in Monroeville was closed and the lights were shut off at 4:30 p.m. July 13.
About 10 women stood outside after hearing social media rumors that their wedding dress provider had closed for good.
One was Kaitlyn Fredo, 25, of Trafford.
“They told me that they couldn't tell me anything,” Fredo said. “My wedding is in two months and my dress isn't here. They still can't tell me if I will even get my dress.”
She said she chose Alfred Angelo Bridal because the chain has multiple locations in the nation, making it easy for her nine bridesmaids to find dresses for the September wedding.
Antoinette Johnson and her husband, Jim, drove from Johnstown to pick up dresses for their daughter's wedding in the fall. They had made arrangements to meet a seamstress at the store and said they planned to wait until the woman arrived.
“I was called Monday to come pick up our dresses,” she said. The Johnsons paid around $2,000 for three dresses a couple months ago.
“This is just bad business,” Mr. Johnson said, adding the couple had no idea the store planned to go out of business.
Mother-of-the-bride Maura Filar, of Plum, said she raced to the Monroeville store July 13 as soon as she heard about the closing from her daughter, who is getting married this fall.
“Rumor has it they're closing. When I heard that I couldn't believe it. So I came here to figure out what we can do to get our two junior bridesmaids dresses,” Filar said.
Calls placed to the store at 4041 William Penn Highway went unanswered. There also is an Alfred Angelo shop at 7204 McKnight Road in Ross. A call there also went unanswered and a Tribune-Review photographer who went to the store was told to leave.
Multiple published reports stated the chain is closing its more than 60 stores .
The Alfred Angelo corporate website had no information about closings and was advertising “grab-n-go specials.”
The Palm Beach Post newspaper in Florida reported July 13 that employees at Alfred Angelo's corporate office in Delray Beach left the building en masse just before lunch carrying boxes, plants and other personal belongings.
Calls to the Florida headquarters were answered electronically with a message saying the company had an unexpected outage of their telephone and computer system. The message directed callers to another number, which was answered by a fax machine.
The company announced Monday it is entering bankruptcy.
Dillon Carr is Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325 or email@example.com.