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    Calumet Closing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just heard a rumor that Calumet was closing its American stores. Have you heard anything? Their website is gone or down. Too bad if this is true. Not my favorite retailer the last decade. I used to do a ton of business with them and a bit the last decade.

    I just looked at their Facebook page and it says:
    After 75 years of business it is with a heavy heart that we announce our immediate closing in the United States (our European stores will continue). It has been a joy to share our passion for photography with you all of these years. We'll miss each other and we'll miss all of our customers. Thank you for everything.
    Thanks,
    Kirk

    at age 68
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Dave Karp
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    Re: Calumet Closing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wow. I used to go to the LA Calumet store frequently. Not so much in the past ten years too.

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    Re: Calumet Closing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bought my first LF camera from Calumet in the late 1970's.

    Sorry to see them go.

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    Re: Calumet Closing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They filed for Chapter 7 on March 12th. Case # 14-08893 in the Northern District Court of IL (Federal Bankruptcy Court)

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    Re: Calumet Closing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wow. This is a big thing.

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    Re: Calumet Closing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was just in their little downtown Chicago store on Saturday, and I tried to order a camera bag yesterday online, but the website was offline. Now I know why!

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    Re: Calumet Closing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Once upon a time they were very good to me. I did product testing for them. They gave me materials grants for projects I was working on and I wrote for their newsletter and their "Journal of American Photography". I knew a number of people there personally like David Gremp. But all my contacts there are gone but perhaps one. I will try and contact him and see what he knows.
    Thanks,
    Kirk

    at age 68
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Re: Calumet Closing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sad news...

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    Re: Calumet Closing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Should this prove to be true and include their pro shop on Goose Island in Chicago, I can't say I'm surprised. I never gave up wanting to be happy with them, but they just weren't in the game any more.
    So apparently my signature was full of dead links after a few years away...

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    Re: Calumet Closing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Too bad, but to be honest, they were a frustrating store with which to do business over the last ten years.
    They seemed to be in perpetual disarray, and never caught on to the computer thingy as a business/inventory tool.

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