Brides frantic as Boardman bridal shop closes with dresses inside

The brides-to-be had no warning that Alfred Angelo on Route 224 was permanently closing

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Alfred Angelo Bridal in Boardman has permanently closed with no advance notice.

The company announced Thursday evening that it’s closing all of its over 60 stores nationwide — including the one across from the Southern Park Mall on Route 224. The company filed for bankruptcy Friday afternoon.

That means brides everywhere, from San Antonio to Boston, Dayton, and even Boardman, are wondering what’s up with their dresses and their hefty deposits.

Alicia Green is stunned and frantic after the unexpected closure. Her wedding is in a month and this has thrown a major wrench into her plans.

“What’s going through my mind is complete panic,” she said.

When Green’s dad called her Thursday evening to say Alfred Angelo closed their stores, she didn’t want to believe it. She drove with her mom to the Boardman location and found a sign on the front door, confirming the worst.

“I have a mother of the bride dress and one bridesmaid’s dress still,” Green said. “We were just here getting sized last Friday and no one said anything about closing.”

She said those dresses were expensive and are paid in full.

“We don’t have them. We don’t know when we’re going to be able to get in, if we’re going to be able to get in, if the money is going to be reimbursed.”

Now she is scrambling to find last-minute solutions for her dresses.

“I’m pretty disappointed. They could have at least said something. We were here a week ago. They could’ve said, ‘Hey, let’s get these done,’ or they could have, you know, at least given out phone calls today or stayed open until 8:00 when they’re supposed to be open ’til 8.”

A seamstress — who didn’t want to appear on camera — said she, along with all of the company’s other seamstresses around the country, were let go two weeks ago.

The Boardman store’s manager had no comment Thursday.