July 13, 2017 marked a sad day in the wedding business, as Alfred Angelo Bridal, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and retailers of wedding dressed filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation and immediately closed all of its stores. The Florida based company included a national chain of 60 of its own stores and 1,400 locations worldwide that sold its products. The Chapter 7 bankruptcy and subsequent store closings have generated a firestorm of media as blushing brides everywhere were uncertain if they’d have their perfect storybook wedding. Unfortunately for many, Alfred Angelo announced this week that if you haven’t received the dress you have been nervously awaiting, it’s not going to happen at all.
When Alfred Angelo announced the Texas bankruptcy location of stores and the store closings last month brides who had already order dresses naturally began to freak out and rushed to stores to find out the status of their dress order, only to be met by employees who had just heard the news as well and were unsure as to how the company would fulfill the orders. Even though customers were encouraged to call the company customer service line for help, most if not all, got an answer machine and no answer to their questions.
On August 5th, 2017, Alfred Angelo’s finally made a public announcement that “The Chapter 7 trustee greatly regrets the upset that Alfred Angelo’s July 14th bankruptcy filing has caused its customer. While we have been successful in obtaining customer records and delivering man dresses and accessories for customers all over the country, even after the bankruptcy filing date, it has now become apparent that the logistical and financial strain of fulfilling each and every open order makes continuing that course of action no longer possible. Thus, to the extent any order has not been fully delivered to a customer, it shall have to remain unfilled.”
If you have been affected by the Alfred Angelo’s Bankruptcy, and believe that the company still owes you money, you can fill out what is called a proof of claim form to be submitted to the U.S. Bankruptcy court