The closure of high-street photographic chain Jacobs is set to cost lens-maker Sigma u00a31m a year in lost UK business.

Sigma Imaging UK general manager Graham Armitage revealed the extent of lost trade during comments on the impact of the UK’s ongoing recession on lens sales.

Lamenting the loss of Jacobs, a 19-store business which shut down in the summer after 73 years, Armitage told Amateur Photographer (AP): ‘Jacobs was our third largest customer.

‘That’s £1m a year disappeared and, probably more importantly, 19 good shops with 19 sets of knowledgeable staff… adding value to the product and servicing your [AP] readers.’

Armitage pointed out that Jacobs’ disappearance followed the demise of independent UK camera chain Wildings Photographic Ltd last year, and Photo Optix which called in administrators in 2008.

‘It’s amazing how many retailers we are losing on the high street.

‘This is not temporary, they are not coming back,’ he warned.

Graham Armitage was speaking to AP at photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany.

  • K Thomas

    When you walk into a retail photo store in the uk, they have very limited lens ranges, high prices, with at least 10 companies selling at on average £100 less for the canon and Nikon lenses. For photography these shops are very boring places, the last uk retail shop chain are very poor and overpriced even John Lewis are selling lenses on average £20 to £40 cheaper than the other high street retail chain. I am happy to pay £50 more than the online price for lenses and dslr kit. Vouchers and online only discounts are annoying and time wasting.

  • chris

    More will go, keep your eyes on jessops

  • eHPee

    And all this while we see retailers re-furbishing and adding stores here in Asia!