Left at altar? Store bankruptcy leaves brides in the lurch

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Talk about adding to the stress of planning a wedding.

Dress retailer Alfred Angelo Bridal filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in Florida on Friday. The dressmaker, which has 60 stores nationwide and sells at 1,400 other locations, has its headquarters in Delray Beach.

The sudden closing has created more bridezillas than usual. Many brides-to-be took to social media to express their frustration and hope that they could still get their dresses.

Patricia Redmond, a lawyer who is representing Alfred Angelo Bridal, told the Sun Sentinel that she will ask the court-appointed trustee to release dresses being held in the stores awaiting pickup.

Other national chains are also trying to help out, discounting dresses by as much as 30 percent, for affected customers.

Eyewitness News talked with the sales manager at Wichita's Dress Gallery Bridal and Prom Shop about how the Alfred Angelo bankruptcy is impacting business.

The Dress Gallery sales manager says the store had ordered 50-plus dresses from the designer, but they are not likely to get them.

Still, the store wants to remind brides it's here to help.

"Dress Gallery is not Alfred Angelo. We are an independent store," Dress Gallery sales manager Jillian Forsberg explains. "We're here to help. We're transparent. We're not going to shut our doors like Alfred Angelo did. We're here to make sure everything is right on the most important day of (customer's) lives.

Dress Gallery is helping brides find new dresses and waving some of the fees in finding a new dress.

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