Penn Camera Exchange announced Jan. 4 that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed five of its eight locations, including its shop at Laurel Shopping Center. In a statement, the company said "a dramatic decline in sales performance during the preceding holiday period precipitated this action."
Penn Camera moved to Laurel Shopping Center from company headquarters in Beltsville in 2000. The Laurel store was part of a chain founded in 1953 that grew to eight locations in the Washington area. Other locations that were closed included shops in Pikesville, Fairlakes, Springfield and 18th Street. Customers were directed to pick up repairs, processing or other items at the three remaining shops: Rockville, Tysons Corner and E Street, N.W.
Customers at the Laurel store can retrieve their items at the Rockville location in Rockville Federal Plaza, 12266-F Rockville Pike (301-231-7366).
Contact Penn Camera Exchange at firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-210-7366 ext. 100, or fax 301-210-7370.