Monday, June 25, 2007

Jessops

Not good news, I see I was right about South St David's Street, Edinburgh:

"The group has been aggressive at opening new outlets in recent years. In October, it doubled its Scottish presence by snapping up the 19-strong Photo Factory chain. Some of the recently converted shops, including the outlet on Edinburgh's South St David Street, are among those being axed."

This taken from the Scotsman. It had to come to this as surely cities the size of Edinburgh cannot support four stores.

What a shame Jessops strayed from its beginnings as a store for enthusiasts and chased the digital dollar, a short term unsustainable boom.

Incidentally I have served a fair number of my former customers since moving to Calumet. One, In particular, William ?, who previously bought all his digital kit at Shandwick Place. Yesterday bought a 17-55 f2.8 lens.

That new Jessops area manager Steve Hodson, who thumped the table as he spoke to me and denied it within two minutes, is just the sort of bu***** staff Jessops needs to make redundant but will undoubtedly survive. He even made former manager Alan Thompson's position untenable and brought in a completely lazy replacement who happened to be a friend of a friend of Mr Hodson.

Calumet do it slightly differently:

"Putting the peddle to the (pro) metal: selling to the professional photographer is no small task, but if you know your market, hire knowledgeable employees, and stock only the most cutting-edge equipment, you'll be well on your way to sales success."
From:
Photo Trade News
Date:
May 1, 2005
Author:
Zumpano, Jennifer Gidman

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