Calumet Photographic Opens Flagship Store in Downtown Chicago

Calumet Photographic Opens Flagship Store in Downtown Chicago


Chicago, IL—Calumet Photographic, a leading name in the photo and video industry for more than 75 years, is celebrating the grand opening of its flagship retail store in Lincoln Park, located in downtown Chicago.

The venerable Chicago-based chain, which had closed its 14 stores and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in March 2014, was acquired in May during bankruptcy proceedings by C&A Marketing, a manufacturer, distributor and online reseller of photographic equipment.

More than being the largest store of its kind in the area, Calumet’s flagship 3,500-square-foot location was designed as a destination-level environment that caters to all levels of photographers and videographers, from casual shooters to the seasoned professionals and prosumers who built Calumet into an internationally recognized photo retailer.

In keeping with the brand’s strong connection with the professional, the new location houses Calumet’s renowned rental department, which was totally revamped to offer a more streamlined experience along with its highly knowledgeable service and cutting-edge selection. A deep inventory includes everything from the latest 4K gear and run & gun A/V solutions to traditional lighting and lens kits.

“Regardless of your level of proficiency, photography is a form of creative self-expression,” said Chaim Piekarski, executive vice president of C&A Marketing. “Using a camera isn’t a passive experience like watching TV or listening to music—it’s an interaction that often evolves into a passion.
“The Calumet brand was built on understanding and sharing that passion and catering to those customers in a manner far superior to the camera ‘counters’ or ‘departments’ found at other types of retailers. Our newest flagship was designed from the ground up to reflect that. From the range of categories and brands to the depth of lines and level of service, it’s the classic Calumet DNA refined to better address and reflect the needs of today’s discerning camera customers.”

“Calumet’s core customers are professionals, and to have their trust is a true testament and achievement as they are putting their livelihoods in our hands,” added Piekarski. “Appreciating and delivering on this trust is why the Calumet name and reputation has become synonymous with quality, service and an overall superior experience for nearly eight decades. Now that C&A has successfully restructured Calumet and integrated our best practices throughout all Calumet touch points, we’re happy to say the brand is well on the way to success and growth.”