Shutters down as Scunthorpe photo business could not picture surviving any longer
APHOTO processing shop has closed its doors after its owners said they could not see the business surviving any longer in Scunthorpe.
Bosses at Colorgrafix, which had been operating as a Kodak Express outlet and business at 159 High Street for almost 13 years, said they had seen a continued decline in trade since Tesco was built on the town's Gallagher Retail Park around a decade ago.
Trevor Brown, manager of the store, who also owns a shop in Louth, decided it was time to move out of Scunthorpe in a bid to keep his other photo shop succeeding.
He said: "We have closed it because the lease was three months from renewal and it's not viable anymore.
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"Before Tesco opened and provided free parking down at Gallagher Retail Park, we had four members of staff. But I believe Tesco took all the business out of town and when we lost the public car park to a new walk-in health centre, we had to start to get here for 8.15am just to be able to park.
"Trade started to decline and it's the same with other businesses at that end of town. You only have to look at how many charity shops there are and cash converters and empty shops.
"Landlords are having to reduce rents by 50 per cent to get people interested. Morrisons didn't affect us, nor did Asda. And I think there's been no interest in the town centre since Marks and Spencer left – it was the nail in the coffin."
Mr Brown said competition in terms of cheaper photo processing offered at supermarkets was not the cause of a decline in trade.
He said: "Pricing of photo processing isn't a major problem. We used to do photo processing offers at 4p per print and we got no more business.
"You get to a point where you've got to get out. When people pop down to Tesco, they can get everything else there."
One full and one part-time job have been transferred to Louth.
He added: "In Louth we are in a good location, the town doesn't have a Tesco yet so business is good. It's not declining like it was in Scunthorpe."
Tesco declined to comment.