More Than 100 Local Brides, Bridesmaids Left Hanging by Dress Maker's Closure

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Riverside bride-to-be Darleen Mejia, 27, was waiting nervously outside the closed Alfred Angelo store at Tyler Street and Magnolia Avenue Friday morning.

Brides-to-be across the country were left standing at the cash register Thursday after learning that dressmaker Alfred Angelo had abruptly closed its stores - seemingly all of them.

"I tried to call, nobody was answering", said bride Sarah McCallum who learned about it over social media.

Capozzola and others have been calling the store, corporate headquarters, customer service and emailing the address provided on the closing sign. "It was stressful thinking about what if they close", she said.

8News asked the man inside if they are telling brides that they have their dresses inside. One of them said it. However, some clients said they had been told that they could still pick up their wedding gowns that had been finished and were in stores.

Another soon-to-be bride, Ericka Puccio, told Eyewitness News that she has two of her five bridesmaid dresses.

"I thought it was only one store because a friend in Nebraska posted about it but it's nationwide and no one is answering any phone calls".

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"I actually didn't get a call", said Nancy Lofton, bride.

To help fill the void left by Alfred Angelo's apparent sudden closure, other bridal retailers are stepping up to offer what help they can. "This is ridiculous! We as brides, we need to know this stuff", Stoltz said.

"It's a disgusting experience, " said Samantha Capozzola of Syracuse, who was at the store with her fiance, Chris LaCroix.

"They just need to reassure me if I'm still getting my dress".

"Even if they say they're going to mail us dresses, how do they know we're going to get the right dress, or if anything will be wrong with our dress?"

Company representatives didn't talk to the media, and accounts of people streaming out of the building carrying plants came from other tenants in the office building.

In a statement published on the Bridal Buyer website, the BBSA said: 'Retailers should try to remain calm whilst clarity is established on what they may have in place to deal with any outstanding orders.

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