Brides Without Dresses Or Answers
January 25, 2011, 5:50 PM
SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Some Sioux Falls brides may be scrambling to find a new wedding dress after Interlude Bridal Shoppe in Sioux Falls closed its doors without notice.
KELOLAND News has spent the day investigating and the story continues to unfold at this hour. The building's empty, and several brides say their calls aren't being returned.
Buying the perfect dress was one thing Jacqueline Buchanan could say she checked off her wedding do to list.
”It was the first dress that I tried on, and I fell in love with it," Buchanan said.
Or so she thought. The bride-to-be spent more than $1,000 on her dream gown and two bridesmaid dresses at Interlude Bridal Shoppe in Sioux Falls. With just six weeks until her wedding, she's been waiting for the phone call any day now to come to pick them up. A call she still hasn't gotten.
"I thought I knew what panic was, but that was a whole new type of panic," Buchanan said.
She says her calls to the store have gone unanswered. It wasn't until she heard talk of the store closing that she rushed to see for herself.
"Sure enough they weren't answering their phone, the doors locked during staffed hours, and it was completely black inside," Buchanan said.
The doors are still locked on the bridal shop, and you can see inside just about everything has been removed, and there's no sign saying where they moved.
We caught up with the owner of Interlude, Tammy Andrews, at 'I do 2' bridal consignment shop, another store she owns. It is no longer taking consignments and when asked why the stores were closing, all she would say is that they were moving, but refused to give any other details.
Whatever's behind the closure and move to a secretive location, brides like Buchanan had no warning, and are left scrambling to find another dress.
"Fortuntately, I have six weeks, other brides they could have a week to three weeks left, they may not have enough time, I just want to make sure everyone becomes aware of the situation and can do the necessary steps to have a great day," Buchanan said.
Hopefully, turning a bridal nightmare back into the fairy tale dream.
Buchannan is now working with her credit card company to get her money back. KELOLAND News tried to get in contact with Ms. Andrews again today after we talked with her at the store this morning but weren't able to reach her. The store's voice mail message does not say anything about being closed and it's too full to leave a message.
KELOLAND News returned to the store this afternoon after yet another bride got a call from Andrews telling her to come pick up her dress just hours ago. The store owner told her she had been in a roll over crash and had a concussion, which was why she wasn't at the store this morning. The bride did get her dress but said there were very few other Interlude bridal dresses still there.
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