Alfred Angelo Bridal retailer reportedly closing its doors

Posted at 6:14 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 04:15:13-04

Brides went to social media Thursday to try to figure out if one of the largest retailers and manufacturers of bridal gowns is closing its doors.

Employees at Alfred Angelo Bridal in Boynton Beach told NewsChannel 5 the store would be closing at 8 p.m. Thursday. 

Teri McKerlie has a January wedding, and maybe no dress.

"I thought it has to be a joke," she said. "It's like there's no way. They would have had to call me or something. But no, I called and they said they were closing."

Carley Ventre is a bridesmaid in a different wedding.

"(The bride) is actually getting married September in Colombia. So, that's why she's really nervous because it's not just, "Oh I am picking up my dress and I have months before I can get ready,'" Carley said.

Carley's friend found out her dress was shipped out to whatever address they had on file today.

"How are they supposed to know if that's even the house that person lives at anymore?" she wondered.

This mother of the bride calls herself a lucky one, she was able to pick up their order.

"For the community, it's very sad because there's no other bridal store in the community here," Donna Barack said.

Ironically, a sign next to the door says they're hiring.

"For the employees, I feel awful for them. They were wonderful to everybody. And whoever did this to them, I feel absolutely horrible for them because everybody is losing their job as of 8 p.m.," Donna said.

Teri's search for a dress ended happily.

"I found the dress in my size that I ordered," she said. "I'm good. I'm glad I found it. It needs cleaning but other than that, at least I found a dress."

For anyone that had their dress shipped or no dress at all, the company told them to call their lawyer, the same lawyer that hasn't called us back.

Alfred Angelo designs are sold at 1,400 retailers across the world with more than 60 stores in the U.S.