What one man does with 600 bridal gowns

GREECE, N.Y. (WROC) — Ever wonder what happened to all those gowns when the bridal store chain Alfred Angelo went out of business?

The owner of the plaza where the Greece store was located decided to donate the inventory to a local charity.

There are racks and racks of dresses, from bridal gowns, to bridesmaid dresses and even some for flower girls. There are almost 600 items in total up for sale.

Joe Alloco owns the plaza where the Alfred Angelo was housed. After an abrupt bankruptcy, the company abandoned the building and the merchandise.

“A company out of Texas offered to buy the gowns. I think it was 60 or 70 cents on the dollar, ” Alloco said.

Then, he heard of the charity Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester, run by Rene Spallina. It’s an organization that dresses disadvantaged girls for the prom.

Spallina says she’s marking dresses down 60-70% off retail price.

“Can you imagine being newly engaged, and not going into a bridal salon and not being able to afford it. This is something special for women of central NY to come here and get a dress,” Spallina said.

The sale will take place at the former Alfred Angelo store on Ridgeway Avenue, January 27-28th, and will run from 10 – 5 p.m. both days.

Only cash and credit cards are allowed for payment. All proceeds will go the Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester.

This story was originally posted by WROC, a Nexstar contributing station in Rochester.

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