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Jessops Centre of Excellence Opens in Manchester - John Riley's report from the new Jessops Centre of Excellence in Manchester.

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Jessops Centre of Excellence Opens in Manchester
Jessops Centre of Excellence in Manchester.

The new Jessops Centre of Excellence in Manchester lies at a very busy corner of Market Street and presents an attractive, clean, modern façade that encourages customers to enter the store.

Jessops multi level design
The Centre's multi level design.

This clean look is further enhanced by the pine wood flooring, the very well thought out lighting systems and a young team of photographically aware sales staff. Store manager Jonathan Tighe explains: "I have taken most of my staff from the new graduates in Photography, plus others who share the same passion. Most of the photographs displayed around the store were shot by staff members. They even meet as a photographic group outside working hours, so there is a very real interest in photography. We try to appeal to both existing and new customers and can offer sound advice to those who need it."

Store manager Jonathan Tighe Photo lab manager
Store manager Jonathan Tighe. Kate, laboratory manager.

The ground floor is the main display area for cameras and other accessories such as bags. Each marque is well represented and the cameras are all accessible to enable handling by customers.

Display areas in the Jessops store
Display areas on the ground floor.

The upstairs area is to be used for the Jessops academy plus other educational demonstrations. It also houses the studio which you can currently shoot in for free. They also provide you with a CD of images, although, obviously, any prints made will be charged.

Jessops studio and education areas
Jessops educational area, studio and photo lab.
On site photo lab at Jessops
The in-store photo laboratory.

The in-store laboratory is also on the upper floor and employs the latest technology. This aspect of the operation is managed by Kate, a very experienced laboratory technician.

Jessops team member in action
A team member in action.

It seems that Jessops are reaching out to all types of photographer with their new store. It has been well thought out and is an attractive environment that should be highly successful. Clearly a good deal of effort has gone into ensuring that there is the necessary level of expertise to match the slick style of the presentation.

The team at the Jessops store
Jessops Centre of Excellence Team.

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JackAllTog e2 Member 53471 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2011 - 6:25 PM

Good luck to Jessops, what a great look.
In London/moorgate the store here is also getting a similair (much smaller) style refit. I'll often walk in just to see bits and peices, reserve online and pick up works well, My local store as sold me a flashgun, big lowpro bag, SDHC memory cards, filters, and this despite the fact that i live on the internet for a bargin.

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9 Jun 2011 - 9:28 PM

I was there on Tuesday, and it is a fantastic place to visit, browse, and buy the latest camera equipment from friendly, helpful staff.

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