Monday, 6 May 2013
Blue Monday: Jessops Closed
The Stockport branch of Jessops on Warren Street closed on January 11th 2013 along with its other 186 branches. The following Monday staff were behind these half-closed shutters packing away the contents. A large notice proclaimed "This store is now CLOSED" and referring customers to the Jessops.com website for further information states "The Jessops Stockport Team would like to thank you on a personal level for all of your support and custom over the years".
Jessop's were formed in Leicester in 1935 by Frank Jessop. They were once the largest specialist supplier of photographic equipment in the UK. At their peak they had 335 stores. In 2007 the company suffered financial crisis, due to increased competition from supermarkets and internet retailers, and had to close some stores. In January 2013 the company went into administration and its 187 remaining stores across the UK closed on January 11th with the loss of 1,370 jobs. The brand was bought by entrepreneur Peter Jones and relaunched on 28 March 2013. Up to 30 stores are expected to re-open, but the Stockport branch is unlikely to be one of them.
A contribution to Blue Monday.