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Photo festival at Downing Street - Calumet’s Manchester branch at Downing Street are set to celebrate a £250,000 store makeover with a week-long photo festival complete with special offers, exclusive seminars and an exhibition.
After ten months of planning and shop fitting the store officially reopens with its brand new-look on Tuesday 24 April. Branch manager Leon Britton explained: “We never actually closed the store during this refit. This meant some inconvenience for our customers, so now we have planned a big thank you for their patience.”
The store has doubled in size to 4,000 sq feet and now boasts state of the art seminar/studio/training and exhibition facilities, a comprehensive rental department, two cutting-edge digital bureaux and an area dedicated to social photography.
The Manchester makeover follows hot on the heels of an £80,000 refit in Fulham and less than eighteen months after a £400,000 refurbishment at the group’s flagship store in Drummond Street Street, London.
Calumet MD Joe Clark said: “It’s taken ten months to plan and build but we are sure our customers will think it’s been worth the wait. This branch is now poised to relaunch as the pre-eminent photo-retail outlet for professional photographers and serious photo-enthusiasts in the north of England.”
He added: “Downing Street will play host to one of Europe’s most advanced photo-retailing propositions with the compelling benefits of latest imaging products and services from all the major players in the industry, unrivalled one-to-one advice from expert sales staff plus the added bonus of world-class seminar and exhibition facilities.”
Tuesday April 24 is the official launch. Around a dozen key vendors including Nikon, Canon, Leaf, Fuji, Hasselblad & Profoto and Spicer Hallfield will showcase latest products in-store ahead of the opening of renowned landscape photographer Charlie Waite’s popular Light &Land exhibition and celebration drinks (6pm -8pm)
Leading portrait photographer, lecturer and author Mark Cleghorn will give two seminars during the five day celebrations; Practical lighting for portraiture (April 25) and An introductory guide to Photoshop for speed and creativity (April 26).
He said: “This expansion by Calumet is a serious bonus for photographers in the north. The group has already built a commanding presence with its excellent seminar facilities in London – now the Manchester store is set to match them.”
Michele Channer, Calumet Marketing Director said: “On Friday 27 April and Saturday 28 April we are planning special offers on CCD cleaning and Tenba bags plus an exclusive printer and paper promotion. This is going to be a very big week for Calumet Manchester.&rdquo
Seminar places are limited. Tickets cost £75 (ex VAT) per day and are available from the Calumet Manchester branch.