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Calumet Photo Opens Flagship Chicago Store

CHICAGO — Calumet Photographic, which re-emerged from Chapter 7 liquidation earlier last year, has opened a new flagship store here in Lincoln Park.

The 3,500-square-foot showroom replaces a previous pro-focused flagship that was located about a mile away on Goose Island.

In contrast, the new store was designed as “a destination-level environment” that caters to photographers and videographers of all skill sets, from casual shooters to prosumers and professionals, the company said.

“Using a camera isn’t a passive experience like watching TV or listening to music; it’s an interaction that often evolves into a passion,” said Chaim Piekarski, executive VP of Calumet parent C&A Marketing. “Our newest flagship was designed from the ground up to reflect that.”

C&A, a New Jersey-based digital imaging distributor and retailer, acquired the assets of the 14-store Calumet chain in a bankruptcy auction last April.

The company similarly bought remnants of the bankrupt Ritz Camera chain, once the nation’s largest digital imaging specialty retailer, in a fire sale two years ago.

The Lincoln Park showroom joins two other Chicago-area locations, including a renamed Wolf Camera store.

C&A will keep Calumet within the Chicago market, Piekarski said, and there are no current plans for any additional stores. C&A also operates a dozen Wolf- and Ritz-branded camera shops in 10 states.