Jessops online business makes comeback
February 11, 2013
Jessops shut down its remaining 187 shops on 11 January, with the loss of up to around 1,400 jobs, after collapsing into administration two days earlier.
‘The new Jessops website will be launching soon,’ reads a message posted on jessops.com, urging customers to sign up for ‘relaunch updates’.
The website adds that the company’s ‘customer database’ is set to be transferred to Jessops Data Limited, a firm based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Marlow is the home of Peter Jones, the Dragons’ Den entrepreneur who last month was among ‘a number of buyers’ to acquire the Jessops brand name and ‘certain other assets’.
The multi-millionaire investor already operates a technology products website – which includes cameras – called Expansys.
The re-opening of some Jessops stores, through a cherry-picking process, has not been ruled out, according to a well-placed source, speaking to AP last month.
Based in Warwick, CeWe has supplied Jessops photo products – which include photo books, prints and personalised gifts – for the past five years.
Writing on his Twitter account on 1 February, Jones described the re-launch of the photo-processing side of the business as ‘just the start’.
A spokesman for Jessops’ administrators, PwC, had yet to comment on the latest developments.
The shutters remained closed at Jessops’ flagship store in New Oxford Street, London on Saturday, where workmen appeared to be making alterations inside [picture credit: C Cheesman]