The doors of Jessopsu2019 flagship store in London could remain closed for at least six months, as it makes way for a Morrisons supermarket.

The flagship Jessops store, pictured a fortnight ago

Morrisons says it plans to begin trading at the two-floor New Oxford Street outlet ‘by the end of the summer’.

A spokesman for Morrisons has confirmed that the Jessops in High Street Kensington is also one of the seven Jessops outlets that the supermarket chain has acquired in the capital.

In 2009, Jessops revamped the New Oxford Street branch, which lies in a prime location, hailing it as a radical step forward in customer service by allowing visitors to interact with products.

It boasted 14 photo processing kiosks – the largest number in any Jessops store – and was the first to offer on-site canvas printing.

At the time, Jessops said it aimed to create a contemporary environment ‘conducive to creativity’.

Customers, from ‘novice to professional’, could take part in photography courses in the Jessops Academy Training room.

The shop was among 187 to close on 11 January, two days after the chain was put into administration.

Last week, it emerged that Jessops had left debts exceeding £80 million.

  • See here for an Amateur Photographer video interview with former Jessops chief executive Trevor Moore, recorded at the New Oxford Street store a year later, as the chain battled to break into profit.

[Photo credit: C Cheesman]

  • Martin Anderson

    Being in a Prime location doesn’t guarantee business, shame as I lied jessops….

  • Tony Osborne

    Perhaps it is callous to say it in the circumstances but I have never been particularly impressed by Jessops. My first dealings with them was, if I recall correctly, just after they took over Tecno.

    Since then, Internet shopping arrived and High Street shopping has become frustrating and disagreable (for me).

    On the Internet there is a lot of information to be had, e.g., Cameralabs, ByThom and excellent retailers Iike Warehouse Express (Wex Photo) who respond to emails and are very helpful.

    Suspect Jessops is now part of photo history like 127 film.