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The Buzz: Sears and Walmart photo studios fade to black

Photo operator closes branches around the US

Apr. 10, 2013
 
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Reader question: The Sears Portrait Center is closing at the mall inside Sears. A boon to local photography studios?

Answer: Sounds like it could be.

CPI Corp., the financially struggling operator of more than 2,000 photo studios in Sears and Walmart, shut abruptly late last week.

If you were a customer, you’ll need to move quickly to get your pictures.

“If you currently have an album or have had a recent portrait session, you can order products at searsphotos.com thru April 18,” said Jim Abel, president and CEO of Sears Portrait Studio, in memo to customers.

The Picture Me portrait studio inside Appleton’s eastside Walmart also shut and a recording on its voice mail (920-739-8427) says photos ready for pick up will be at the photo center in the back of the store. It also gives several customer service phone numbers and a number for local photographer Jenna Compton, who had been the manager of Picture Me.

—Maureen Wallenfang: 920-993-1000, ext. 287, or mwallenfang@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @wallenfang

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