It is really really sad. I feel especially bad for Calumet's employees.......
.....and the customers! For so many people Calumet will have been their local store.
When I started working for Adorama in 2007 I remember my Manager telling me that Calumet was a competitor, but that if anyone asked for advice where to shop when we were closed on Saturdays, that it was one of the places I should recommend
Thank you, Helen. I appreciate your concern for the customers too. I'm an online Adorama customer and I'm also one of those customers you mentioned for whom Calumet has been my local store since the DC area Penn Camera stores closed a couple of years ago. In terms of buying products, I'm not too worried. I often buy online from Adorama or other stores and I can drive 30 miles west of DC and go to a camera store in Loudoun County that carries a large stock of various products. And, there are a couple of other camera stores in DC that I'm aware of, but haven't ever been to. But none will be as convenient for me as was Calumet store in DC, which was just a 10 minute walk from my office. And, all of the employees I dealt with were very helpful. My biggest concern is what I'm going to do to print large sized prints. Calument was great with these for me. I know that Adorama has printing services so I'll have to check this out as an option. All in all though, I'm not a professonal photographer and my issues as a customer are pretty small in comparison with employees who have just suddenly lost their jobs, and in some cases, for the second time within a couple of years. And, in both cases, largely due to poor management practices.