C&A Marketing Buys Calumet in the US; Will Become Operational Again

Calumet Closed Day 1

Photo by Brandon Remler. Used with permission

Earlier this year, we learned that Calumet in the US closed down. It was sad news for the industry; but some positive news has come in just yesterday. C&A Marketing, the same company that purchased Ritz Camera, has apparently bought the Calumet Photo’s US-based assets including IP-related entities and buyer’s rights.

To recap, back in March the store closed down all of its locations in the US and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. But as the years progressed the business started to dwindle due to the formation and growth of other stores like Willoughby’s, B&H Photo, Adorama, and even Amazon.

Back in 2012, C&A also bought out the rights to Ritz Camera when they tanked.

So what does that mean for the stores? C&A is trying to currently figure that out. However, they’re going to be re-activating the online services soon. As for the brick and mortar stores though, they may not all re-open. What we do know so far though is that it will carry the same inventory again. For everyone that had repairs and rentals though, they’re recommending that you check out Calumet’s website (once again though, when it activates.)

Developing Story: Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US

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Calumet, a company that has been a major retailing force in the photo industry for years, is today sadly announcing that they’re shutting down in the US. The company announced the closing on their Facebook page, but their website is down. Oddly their Youtube page is still up and their Twitter is down. Calumet along with B&H Photo, Adorama, and FotoCare were the big names in the industry for camera gear since Willoughby’s went from an entire city block to a city corner in size.

If you do a Google Search of Calumet closing down, you come across the company that shuttered lots of stores across the nation. The company has been around for 75 years but apparently can’t keep up with other retailers.

This is all incredibly odd as most stores often just say something along the lines of them having a going out of business sale and that everything must go. But this is sudden, and even the fans on Facebook are sharing both dismay and anger.

Even more interestingly is that their Wikipedia page has already been updated to say that they’re closing.

Edit: We contacted Peter Biosotti, who now runs Pro Gear Rental in Chicago and is the former President of Calumet. He declined to comment on the matter, though stated that there were hints of it coming for a while now.