After Alfred Angelo abruptly closed its stores on Thursday night without notice, competitor David’s Bridal said it would offer 30 percent discounts to brides left without dresses.
The discount applies to current promotions and clearance prices. The chain said it was also waiving “rush fees” on alterations.
For bridesmaids impacted by Alfred Angelo’s closing, David’s Bridal is offering 20 percent discounts.
“We know how much goes into planning a wedding, and we want to ensure that everyone affected by this news can still have the day of their dreams,” David’s Bridal wrote on its website. “If you recently purchased a wedding dress or bridesmaid dress from an Alfred Angelo retail store and did not receive it, we are offering a discount on a replacement dress of your choice.”
Employees at Alfred Angelo’s corporate office in Delray Beach left the building en masse on Thursday, carrying boxes, plants and other personal belongings.
The scene came amid buzz on social media saying the bridal retailer, founded in 1933 by Alfred Angelo Piccione and Edythe Vincent Piccione, is going out of business. From Twitter to online message boards, anxious brides posted queries and alerts, but few found answers and received no official response from the company with a national brand and reputation.
The company’s had more than 60 stores across the country, including one in Boynton Beach. After news of the closings broke, Brides scrambled to pick up dresses on Thursday before the stores shut their doors for good at 8 p.m.
As of Friday morning, the company still had not released a statement about the closings.