Just goes to show how a few hours makes all the difference.
On Monday our local newspaper was stating that Jessops had just made an announcement that 15 non-profitable stores were to close, and that the staff would be offered alternative employment within the group.
" Jessops remains committed to the high street and this is part of a programme to improve the quality of Jessops estate".
I know very recently that they have been spending on refurbishment of at least one new relocation store, with ten more to follow, which will bring the total number of store revamps to 90 out of 180 by the end of this year.
Shame, they were always a good shop with that rare thing staff with knowledge or if the Saturday girl/boy did not know they would always ask.
I bought a couple of cameras from them last year at a reasonable price.
How many online stores are not paying their tax (like amazon) while British names like Jacobs who disappeared last year and Jessops now struggle. I hope that Jessops manage to survive. Trouble is they will have hoards of people demanding goods at massive reductions and that won't help.
I am a keen photographer and buy quite a bit of gear from Jessops. I like being able to test out gear before I buy. I like being able to speak to someone rather than rely on photographic forums where they often review cameras and lenses by pixel peeping which isn't the most reliable way of looking at how good a camera or lens is. Hopefully someone does rescue them. But there aren't any large groups left.
I've always enjoyed visiting my nearest Jessops store, mainly because I could handle the item I was considering buying, and also for the informed advice I got from the staff.
Jessops will be sorely missed by many - but not by enough of us to keep the company afloat. It's a story that has become familiar enough - specialist shops putting up the shutters because of the increasing volume of online sales, and changes in technology. Nowadays the cameras on phones are so good that lots of people are happy to use them as their sole photographic device.