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Calumet Photographic, a 75 year old chain of retail stores in the United States and Europe has filed chapter 7 bankruptcy. The European stores will remain operational, but all the US stores are closed.
From Calumet Photo’s Facebook Page
“After 75 years of business it is with a heavy heart that we announce our immediate closing in the United States (our European stores will continue). It has been a joy to share our passion for photography with you all of these years. We’ll miss each other and we’ll miss all of our customers. Thank you for everything.”
Employees were not warned
Apparently Calumet gave employees no warning of the closure and loss of their jobs. PetaPixel has an exclusive interview with a Calumet employee.
“According to my coworker, management was notified of this decision late last night, and told not to open for work the next day. My friend is still waiting to hear when/if he will be allowed to go back to the store and collect some personal belongings left on his desk.”
Our best wishes go out to all the Calumet employees in the US, I’ve always been treated well when I’ve visited.