How to protect yourself against bankrupt businesses like Alfred Angelo Bridal

Michigan's Attorney General offers tips to protect against bankrupt stores

LANSING, MICH. - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning people to protect themselves against bankrupt retailers like Alfred Angelo's Bridal.

The company closed its doors suddenly last week, leaving brides wondering if they will get their dresses before their wedding day. In this case, several brides, bridesmaids and their mothers ordered dresses from Alfred Angelo Bridal.

The company is based out of Florida, but has 60 locations throughout the country, including Grand Rapids.

The company filed for bankruptcy on July 14, 2017. As a result, all stores and wholesalers closed.

It left several customers worried that they may have to find another dress before the wedding. On Tuesday, July 18, Schuette had these tips for consumers: If you paid with a credit card and don't receive your dress, contact the card company and have the charges removed.

If you paid by check, contact your bank to see if you can stop payment.

Lastly, it's a good idea to file a complaint with the state's consumer protection division. It can be reached toll free at 877-765-8388 or you can file a complaint online at Michigan.gov. Doing so may help you at least get some of your money back.

WZZM 13 spoke to the company's attorney, Patricia Redmond, who said Alfred Angelo still plans on delivering those wedding dresses to brides. Redmond went on to apologize for the inconvenience and hardship resulting from the closure.

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