Brides frantic after Alfred Angelo store abruptly closes

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Thursday night, Alfred Angelo in Lincoln put up a closed sign on its doors, leaving many brides scrambling about what to do next.

People who left the store Thursday evening told 10/11 it was closing for good at 8 p.m. When 10/11 asked store employees about what was going on they had no comment.

A Lincoln woman who went to pick up a bridesmaid dress said she was told Alfred Angelo employees found out this morning the company was filing for bankruptcy, and is closed starting Friday.

The CBS affiliate KENS in San Antonio reported, "An employee for the NW Loop 410 location confirmed that the company is filing for bankruptcy and said that all of the employees were notified of the closure through a conference call on Thursday morning."

Brides 10/11 talked to drove from more than an hour away to try and pick up their wedding and bridesmaid dresses before the store closed.

Josie Moore saw on Facebook about the store closing, so she called her mother, who said she went to the store as fast as she could.

"They told me that the dress was already shipped, to,I guess to her address. So, I'm hoping that's true." said Holly Hershberger, mother of bride Josie Moore.

Josie's dress had multiple alterations because she's in a wheel chair. Her mom said the store did a great job on the dress, however,
they haven't seen it for months. And their bridesmaids dresses were paid for, but not at the store.

"And when I asked her what we do about the bridesmaids dresses she said, 'well we can't answer that right now,'" said Hershberger.

A Beatrice bride said she also saw the Facebook post and frantically made her way to Lincoln. Her dress is already finished, but not her bridesmaids.

"I have six girls, and four of them don't have their dresses yet. So they shipped three of them out and one girl is not getting a dress that matches us. So, we had to find her a new dress. Thankfully it's the same color. But it's not the same design." said Michaela Wilcox.

Wilcox said she's upset with what's happened, but also feels bad for the local shop and their employees.

"They just found out that they're losing their job but they were very helpful. And I'm sure they've had a lot of crazy brides today calling and complaining. But they said it's not their fault. They said they just found out this morning also. So, they've been super busy," said Wilcox.

All of the brides and family members 10/11 talked to Thursday night, said they found out via social media and had heard nothing from the store.

The store manager had no comment.

Lincoln Police confirmed to 10/11 they had three officers respond to the store at 4848 Normal Boulevard Thursday at 7:35 p.m. after an employee from the store called. The store employees reported brides were on scene causing a disturbance and making threats because they weren't going to get their dresses. The officers deescalated the situation and it was resolved with no enforcement action taken.

The store did provide an email address for people who didn't make it on Thursday before the doors closed at 8 p.m.

The address is, predmond@sternsweaver.com
The email address is for Patricia Redmond. She is listed as having extensive experience in bankruptcy filings, particularly chapter 11.