A major photographic retailer, Calumet Photographic, has abruptly closed their doors after 75 years. The company announced the closing on their Facebook page, which was a HUGE surprise to both employees and consumers.
Here’s what the company said:
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.
The whole situation is starting to seem a bit fishy. Apparently the company said nothing to the employees and they showed up to work today only to find that no one is allowed into the stores, even to get their own belongings. Several customers are worried they will be unable to get refunds and products as promised since minimal communication lines are open with the company.
The company has taken down their website and Twitter page. They even went as far as updating the Wiki page. It seems as though they are abandoning everything very quickly and disappearing online. I am very curious to see if customers and employees will hear any type of formal statement from the company.
At the end of the day, it is sad to see yet another awesome company go out of business. Calumet was a great asset. I myself just purchased a lot of product in store about 5 months ago and had a very pleasant experience with the friendly and knowledgable staff.
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**UPDATE – It looks as though the company filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Wednesday.