Davids Bridal stores facing closure, including six in Colorado

David’s Bridal, a national retailer of wedding and prom dresses, has informed state employment agencies around the country that it could lay off more than 9,236 employees, including dozens in Colorado, as it seeks a buyer to stave off closure.

The Pennsylvania-based company listed all its U.S. stores without specific breakouts for each in a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) letter filed with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) on Friday. Included on that list were a half dozen Colorado stores:

  • 9270 Sheridan Blvd. in Westminster
  • 8680-B Park Meadows Center Dr. in Lone Tree
  • 100 South Abilene St. in Aurora
  • 7320 North Academy Blvd. in Colorado Springs
  • 4300 South College Ave. in Fort Collins
  • 632 Market St. in Grand Junction

Although the company didn’t say it would definitely shut down the stores, it is setting the groundwork for closures that would overlap with the peak wedding season. The dismissal of field or store employees could begin as soon as June 12 or as late as Aug. 11, which could add an element of chaos to lots of wedding preparations, although most proms should be over by then.

A first round of layoffs among corporate employees was set to begin on Friday, April 14, with a second round to happen between May 13-27 and a third round between June 12-Aug. 11. Distribution center layoffs are set to happen between June 12-16.

The largest job losses would be among wedding stylists, at 3,597, followed by alteration specialists at 2,045, and customer service representatives at 1,219. Nearly 270 store managers could also be out of a job.

“David’s Bridal is in the process of evaluating its strategic options, including a sale as a going concern, a sale of certain assets and intellectual property, or a potential winddown of some or all of the business and a resulting limited or company-wide reduction in force and job elimination of employees within the state,” the company stated in a letter filed with the CDLE on Friday.

The letter went on to say that at this time it was uncertain if the company would be “ceasing operations entirely or the closure will be limited to certain locations.”

David’s Bridal reorganized about five years ago, only to have to cope with the pandemic, which caused widespread cancellations or delays of weddings in 2020 and 2021. The New York Times reported on April 7 that the company, which accounts for one out of every three wedding dresses sold in the U.S., was considering a second bankruptcy filing and possible sale and had hired an investment bank to help find a buyer.

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