You’ve got one more week to win the Canon 7D Mk II from the Phoblographer and Calumet.. Hit the jump to see how to enter. Editor’s Note: Contestants who head over to CalumetRentals.com and use the code CRWELCOME get free ground shipping on their orders. Continue reading…
A reminder about three of our contests that we have going on right now. First off, you should know that they’re all available worldwide.
International Street Photography Contest: We’re doing this one with Leica and giving away a Leica T. Check it out!
We’re teaming up with Calumet to give away a 7D Mk II.
Fujifilm has provided an X-T1 kit for us to giveaway in our landscape photo contest.
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.
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.)
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.