ryrychung: It was sad to see Jacobs go into administration, and now Jessops. Both founded in Leicester as well and I hope it works out for them.
As a child, I visited both the original Jessops store and the original Cecil Jacobs store with my dad, who was also a photographer, in my home town of Leicester. And, as a teenager, I spent many a day in the Jessops Superstore on Hinckley Road. In the early eighties it was the biggest camera store in Europe. They had the full range of Nikon lenses on display, including fish-eyes that sold for over £4000, even in those days!
AbrasiveReducer: Trivia, I know but it's interesting to see the words the British use for these situations. When Ilford USA imploded, that was "receivership". This time, it's administration. If Walmart employees can be associates, I guess you can call anything, anything, so long as it sounds good.
I wonder how many specialty camera stores will survive, given that cameras are now just electronic gadgets like cell phones or GPS units. All the good profit stuff like consumables and processing are pretty much history. It's tough to get by on lens pens and bags.
Maybe, now that the big fish has gone, independent retailers might actually have a chance of survival. As I said in a reply to a later post, it's just a shame that many cities in the UK will have no shop that sells film or processes and prints it which will have a further detrimental effect on film photography.
linux99: Horribly sad news.
This will leave the vast majority of UK cities without a dedicated camera retailer.
I agree, and this is very tragic, even if they weren't seen by many to be the best at what they do. But their demise will also leave the majority of cities in the UK without somewhere to buy film and have it processed and printed.