A well known name joins the Kodak Express network - London Camera Exchange Hereford
Melgray Photo in Hereford, who have been a member of the Kodak Express network for many years were recently purchased by the national retailer London Camera Exchange.
Following their subsequent review of the business proposition we were delighted when London Exchange made the decision to keep the store within the network and retain the identity of the Hereford store as a Kodak Express - rather than converting it to their usual full branding of LCE.
“Whilst many of the existing 28 branches offer a quality processing service, it was only our Chester branch that was equipped with a state of the art on site processing minilab. We see the photo printing service at Hereford continuing to be a to be a core offering for the store and see the value of retaining the iconic Kodak name above the door” said Nick Richens, Managing Director of LCE.
Like Kodak, London Camera Exchange have a rich history in the photographic industry and can trace it’s origins back to the 1950’s when the founders acquired premises in Guildford’s Tunsgate from which they operated a photography studio. The owners of Tunsgate Studios soon noticed that their customers were very interested in the equipment used in the studio and even went so far as to sell some of their old equipment. When customers started to offer other cameras in part exchange for newer or more expensive models the business, as it exists today was born.
“We see the photo printing service at Hereford continuing to be a to be a core offering for the store and see the value of retaining the iconic Kodak name above the door”
To this day the Guildford branch still occupies the same premises as the original Tunsgate Studios but the business has grown to include a total of 29 shops (including Kodak Express in Hereford) spread throughout England, from Plymouth in the South West to Manchester in the North West. The London Camera Exchange Group remains one of the largest family owned chains of specialist photographic shops in England today.
Nick went on to explain “Each store within the Group has retained an element of individuality and carries the most popular camera brands and models plus a range of stock chosen by its local manager and staff rather than by remote and faceless buyers.
As well as catering for most of the needs of a keen photographer, a number of the shops devote a lot of space to other types of optical equipment such as binoculars and telescopes.
All of the shops continue to offer part exchange facilities, enabling those with a growing interest to trade up to the latest offerings and the range of used equipment on offer caters for those who prefer the models of yesteryear.”