The owners of Towne Center at Cedar Lodge have gained access to the former Alfred Angelo store, which abruptly shut down last year leaving brides-to-be in a lurch.

The retailer closed more than 60 U.S. stores overnight in July as it filed for bankruptcy. Panicked brides scrambled to claim their dresses from the shuttered stores, get refunds or arrange for someone else to handle making their gowns.


At the time of the bankruptcy filing, Alfred Angelo claimed assets of no more than $50,000 and more than $50 million in debt.

Doris Volentine, property manager for Towne Center, said Alfred Angelo owed the lifestyle center “quite a bit of money," but would not specify the amount. Just over a week ago, Towne Center officials were finally able to get into the 3,000-square-foot space.

They found more than 600 wedding and bridal dresses on the racks, including samples. About 20 dresses had the names of brides on them. “We called everybody who had dresses that they purchased,” Volentine said. The rest will be sold, she said.

Towne Center also is working on lining up another tenant for the space.

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