Costco is closing all of its photo departments as of Feb. 14.
The big-box retailer in an email to members on Wednesday said as part of the closure it is discontinuing services including passport photos, ink refills, photo restoration and a home-video transfer service.
Many of Costco’s popular photo products will remain available through its online photo center. Those services include making prints, enlargements, posters, stationery and its popular and customizable greeting cards. Customers can still make photo books, calendars and other photo gifts. The business printing service also remains online, Costco said. Photo-related orders will be shipped to the customer vs. picked up in stores.
In an email to its members, the retailer said photo reprint demand is declining overall.
“Since the introduction of camera phones and social media, the need for printing photos has steeply declined, even though the number of pictures taken continues to grow. After careful consideration, we have determined the continued decline of prints no longer requires on-site photo printing,” the message reads.
The retailer requests that all remaining orders be picked up at warehouse stores by March 28.
Source:: Los Angeles Daily News