A popular fashion chain has suddenly closed all of its stores without warning, leaving customers devastated.
Al’s Formal Wear, the popular tuxedo rental chain, has closed its doors for good.
Stores in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Colorado closed their doors permanently on Monday, August 7th.
According to ABC 13, employees were given little warning of the closure.
The publication reported that employees received an email that read: “I regret to inform you that you will be terminated from your position effective Monday 7th August 2023.”
“Unfortunately, the company has been forced to cease operations with immediate effect,” the email concludes.
A best man noted the shop was closed while trying to get ready for a friend’s wedding.
He told ABC13 that the closure will put a serious spanner in the works.
“We’re all meant to fit together and look the same,” he said.
“Maybe we’re all wearing cowboy boots, jeans and t-shirts,” he joked.
Originally family owned, Al’s Formal Wear was sold to Atlanta-based Dapper and Dashing in 2017.
The office operates approximately seven regional rental and wedding boutique brands.
The closure comes amid reports that 1,400 stores will close their doors in the US this year.
According to The Week, major retailers closed 12,000 stores in 2020 and over 9,300 stores went on sale in 2019.
Thousands of stores have closed over the past decade as shoppers turned to online retail.
Demand for online retail has surged as stores closed during the coronavirus lockdowns.