Boutique donates free dresses to those affected by Alfred Angelo's closing

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For hundreds of women, it just got a lot tougher.

Alfred Angelo Bridal official shut down all its stores across the country. The move has incensed brides-to-be across the country - many of whom have already put downhundreds of dollars in deposits forwedding and bridesmaid dresses. The Florida-based wedding dress retailer, which operates more than 60 stores nationwide, closed its stores without explanation, according to various news reports.

"I haven't been able to sleep", one bride said.

"At this moment, I'm freaking out", she said. "It was over. This was it".

Nicole Lis, of East Taunton, had an appointment to visit Alfred Angelo's Dedham store on July 19.

They also spend an average of more than $2,600 on a photographer, almost $2,000 on an event planner and $575 on a wedding cake, among other expenses.

Facebook wedding groups posts about the store closing sent Whelton to the Danvers store on Thursday, she said. With veil and accessories, she has almost $1,250 invested in wedding attire at the store, she said. She too has been unable to reach anyone at the store. "So we had to compromise and pick something else", Calhoun said. The voicemail box for the Manchester store is full.

"I was freaking out and I called my mother", said lifetime Venice resident and bride-to-be Corinne Woods. The check she wrote has already been cleared, she added.

And then Alfred Angelo Bridal in Danvers abruptly closed. Employees were reportedly informed Thursday during a call. Word of these closures spread quickly to the brand's customers, who flocked to the stores in a panic.

Police plan to keep a auto floating in the area as a precaution, he said.

Redmond said she will ask a court-appointed trustee for the case to release dresses being held in the stores awaiting pickup by brides-to-be, and will do her best to persuade the trustee to release a $1.2 million shipment coming from China, so brides can receive the dresses they ordered.

While Redmond's immediate worry were the two dresses due Saturday, the retail victims of the Chapter 7 filing threaten to only expand in the coming days and weeks as more wedding dates approach.

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