Picture ordering dresses for your wedding only to find out the company may have filed for bankruptcy. According to CNN, popular bridal retailer Alfred Angelo has closed stores across the country. The news came as a shock to local retailers.
A Trace of Lace in Rutland is one of three locations in Vermont that sells Alfred Angelo dresses. Friday morning, the owner’s daughter says she found out about the closings online.
“I rolled over and looked at my phone as you know most girls my age would do in the morning and scrolled through social media and saw that they filed for bankruptcy,” Jenna Elliot said.
A Trace of Lace works closely with Alfred Angelo and has orders out with the company currently. The owner Christine Elliot said they haven’t heard anything from the dress company and had no indication it would be closing. She said she called the retailer and got a recording that said lines were down due to a power outage and to fax orders in.
“It puzzled me because I’m thinking okay if there’s a massive power outage and computers and phone lines are down– how are they taking faxes?” Christine Elliot said.
The store carried Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dresses and pulled them from the shelf. The store said they had to pull over half of their bridesmaid dress inventory.
“The first thing I thought was wow we’re going to have so little bridesmaid dresses now,” Jenna said.
A Trace of Lace is trying to find back up dresses from other retailers, comparable to the ones their customers ordered from Alfred Angelo.