A FLORISTS shop has gone out of business leaving a trail of tearful brides without flowers for their big day.
Fleurtatious, in Rufus Court, Chester, closed earlier this month leaving at least four couples out of pocket.
Owner Anne Griffiths, of Trefnant, near Denbigh, who won a young businesswoman of the year award in 2009 when her shop was in Northgate Street, has left the shop empty and customers say they have been unable to contact her.
Groom Adam Oldfield was due to marry his fiancee at the Queen Hotel in City Road on July 16.
He said: “We visited the florist to pay our remaining balance only to find the shop closed and a pile of mail stacked up inside.
“Alarm bells had been ringing long before this as our wedding venue warned us that they had left a couple without any flowers on her big day.
“They don’t return calls or emails, so it appears that they have just disappeared without warning.
“We only discovered they had shut up shop by word of mouth.”
A bride from Kinnerton, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I only found out she had closed when another company called me asking for a deposit on the chair covers that were included within the package.
“Luckily we aren’t getting married until September but we have lost our £50 deposit and we have to pay more than we expected for flowers because apparently the prices she quoted were so low they were unrealistic.”
The Fleurtatious website is still live and displaying the Interflora logo, but won’t allow orders to be made.
A spokesman for the delivery network said: “Fleurtatious in Chester has not been delivering flowers as part of Interflora’s network since early May of this year.”
Several attempts have been made to contact Anne Griffiths, but these attempts have been unsuccessful.