After 28 years, Photozip is printing its last photo.
The 1-hour film developing service in Westfair Center (across from Stop & Shop) closes this Friday — one more victim of the bad economy.
“There’s no light at the end of the tunnel,” says manager Chuck Manderville. “And the cost of doing business in this town is atrocious.
“Everyone in this complex is hurting.”
“People who have money aren’t buying what we’re selling,” Chuck adds. “And the people who don’t have money — well, what are you going to do? Buy a picture, or feed your family?”
How about the recent trend to digital photography?
“That really wasn’t it,” Chuck insists. “We were doing okay until the economy went under.”
Photozip’s customers are sorry to see them go, Chuck says.
“But that doesn’t help. Sorry doesn’t pay the bills.”
Bruno and Chuck always developed film and printed photos for us quickly, no matter how little time we gave them and how frenetic we seemed. Par for the course as advisers in the late 1990s for the Staples Yearbook. Equally important, they always soothed and reassured us that any untimely request was “No problem,” which was critical to us as deadlines loomed. In appreciation and with all the best to both of them. Fran White
Thank you for your kind words and loyalty through the years. Though he will miss the store, he is looking forward to a much deserved retirement.