Ritz Camera & Image in Towson will be one of only 13 Ritz stores left in the U.S., part of a company strategy to retain a limited number of locations while focusing on the camera chain’s online imaging business.
Owner C&A Marketing Inc. acquired some Ritz stores, the Ritzpix Network and several websites after Ritz Camera & Image LLC underwent a bankruptcy liquidation last year. The Beltsville-based retailer, once the nation’s largest specialty camera chain, failed to find a buyer in a Sept. 6 bankruptcy auction to keep its remaining 137 stores open.
C&A said Monday the Towson store in Kenilworth Mall will become a one-stop photography resource by increasing inventory to include more professional photographic equipment and by offering services such as DVD transfers, photo restorations and bulk slide scanning. The store also will offer tutorials on how to use cameras and accessories and free, two-hour classes on topics such as digital imaging basics, composition, lighting and exposure methods.
“We chose these 13 stores to keep open because they are in key markets across the country that need a personal, knowledgeable photo specialty shop,” said Harry Klein, president of C&A Marketing, in a statement.
Ridgefield Park, N.J.,-based C&A, a maker and reseller of digital cameras, camcorders and accessories, also owns the ritzcamera.com, wolfcamera.com and ritzcameraandimage.com websites.
Ritz, founded by Benjamin Ritz in 1918, has said it struggled with inadequate capital and liquidity as customers relied more on digital photography and photo sharing and less on in-store film processing.