Reno wedding dress orders in limbo as Alfred Angelo Bridal shuts down
Alfred Angelo Bridal stores are apparently closing across the country, including the one in Reno, leaving area brides scrambling to figure out if they will get their wedding dresses in time for their wedding.
"I ran out of the house, I sped down here. I tried to pick my dress up but they said they didn't have it," said Reno bride Caitlyn Sylva.
Sylva says she found out on social media the store was reportedly closing. When she arrived late Thursday night, the "closed" sign on the door confirmed her fears.
"Now I'm just trying to pick out a new dress," added Sylva.
She says she had already ordered her dress and paid for half of it, but found herself shopping again Thursday night. She has no idea if she will get the dress she ordered. Customers said employees were letting brides pick out new dresses free of charge if their dress orders had not come in yet.
The store was slated to close at 8 p.m., but employees stuck around later to help the brides, many who were just trying to figure out what was going on.
"Really it ultimately comes down to a whole bunch of women have lost their jobs and woke up this morning thinking they were going to work today and didn't. [They] showed up today to try to rectify the situation and make sure all the brides were happy," said Sarah Bear, who hurried down to pick up her dress Thursday night.
Brides picking up dresses who spoke with News 4 said employees at the Reno location were going above and beyond to help them.
In contrast, some other brides across the country are being told to contact an attorney if they want their dress in time for the wedding day.
Alfred Angelo Bridal has reportedly hired a Miami-based law firm and is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection.
Employees at the Reno location could not comment on the situation, but did confirm to News 4 the store was closing for good.
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