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Ultimate’s New York State Of Mind

ALBANY, N.Y. — Ultimate Electronics, the Colorado-based CE specialty chain, has opened the company’s first store in the Empire State, just outside the state capital, here.

According to The Albany Business Review, the 30,000-square-foot store occupies a former Circuit City site in the Crossgates Commons shopping plaza.

Fellow tenants include a Best Buy and a two-story, 260,000-square-foot Walmart supercenter, reportedly the country’s largest. The new Ultimate Electronics store is the second in the Northeast, following the opening in March of a 33,000- square-foot former Circuit City storefront in Leominster, Mass., near Boston. The chain plans more stores in New York and Pennsylvania.

Electronics For Kids? HDTVs, Laptops

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Young consumers are showing a flat to somewhat falling interest in all CE devices except HDTV and laptop computers, stated The NPD Group.

A recent NPD study entitled Kids & Consumer Electronics 6 found children from 4 to 14 years old showed the most interest in those two devices, with 74 percent of kids watching TV and 70 percent using either a desktop or laptop.

NPD said HDTV and laptop surpassed digital cameras as the mostacquired device in the last 12 months, although these products could not beat out the cellphone as the primary teen necessity, with 30 percent of this age group buying one in the last year.

Polaroid Instant Cameras Return

HOLLADAY, UTAH — The Polaroid 300 instant camera began shipping last week, marking the brand’s return to instant-film-based photography, courtesy of licensee Summit Global Group.

Summit Global said the technology still enjoys a large following of enthusiasts who have missed it since the former owners discontinued the Polaroid Land Camera offerings in the digital age.

The camera ($90 suggested retail) will accept classic Polaroid instant film, which the company is returning to production, and will include an automatic flash and four scene settings.


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