The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has welcomed Jessops back to Bath u2013 the Society's home city u2013 as the chainu2019s tally of relaunched shops reaches 18.


Picture credit: Michael Pritchard

In March, Jessops boss Peter Jones unveiled plans to reopen up to 36 shops by the end of April, just months after administrators pulled the plug on the business under previous owners.

The relaunch of the Bath and Bury St Edmunds stores last Friday brings the total of reopened Jessops shops, at the time of writing, to 18, according to Jessops’ website.

Michael Pritchard, director general of the RPS told Amateur Photographer: ‘The Society welcomes the reopening of Jessops in Bath – the Society’s home city.

‘Its return, alongside several independent camera shops in the city, will provide photographers and the public with more choice of equipment and related photographic services, which has to be a good thing.’

He added: ‘If Jessops can provide good customer service, supported by knowledgeable staff and competitive prices in-store or online, it should be a permanent fixture on our high street.’

The news comes as staff at Jessops in Worthing appear to be gearing up to reopen a store in the West Sussex town, according to a posting on a Facebook page for former employees of the chain.

Jessops currently has stores in Aberdeen, Basingstoke, Bath, Belfast, Birmingham Temple Row, Bristol, Bury St Edmunds, Eastbourne, Gateshead Metrocentre, Glasgow, High Wycombe, Leeds, London Oxford Street, Manchester, Redditch, Sheffield Meadowhall, Shrewsbury and St Albans.

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