Instead of being excited for their special day, bride and grooms across south Texas are now scrambling to find a dress and suit after multiple formal wear stores abruptly closed their doors, canceling orders without an ounce of notice or explanation.


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Al's Formal Wear suddenly shut down stores across Texas with no intention of reopening or fulfilling orders. According to employees, the company scheduled a virtual Teams meeting with employees to break the news.

Tina Salazar, a store manager in the Victoria location, posted a message on social media informing the public of the sudden closure, "The company has decided to cease all operations and close the company as a whole as of Monday, August 7, 2023, with no explanation."


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For those brides, grooms, and anyone with an upcoming order, the manager regrettably admitted, "For ALL our upcoming weddings/events, you will NOT be receiving any rentals due to the company shutdown."

Customers at Al's Formal Wear who tried walking into the Beaumont location were greeted with an unexpected sign that read "Sorry, we are closed today. If you are a customer returning your tuxedo from the weekend, you will not be charged late fees, and may keep your tuxedo."


Now, people are left stressed and tasked with finding last-minute outfits for some of the most important events of their life. Salazar is trying her best to inform customers of the closure but says she is limited and explains, "I am deeply saddened and embarrassed to have to inform in this manner, but I felt informing everyone through social media (since I no longer have access to personal information) was the right thing to do."

Aside from customers being put in an inconvenient situation, employees of Al's Formal Wear are facing their issues. With no notice, many employees are now unexpectedly unemployed, "This is out of our employees/stores control and we were just as shocked to receive the news one day to another," Salazar admitted.

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