5:01pm Friday 11th January 2013
ALL branches of the camera chain Jessops closed on Friday afternoon, with the loss of 1,370 jobs nationwide.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which was appointed to the group on Wednesday, announced on Friday that it would begin the process of shutting the 187-store network at the close of business that day.
The branches included those at Poole's Dolphin Centre and Castlepoint in Bournemouth. A branch in central Bournemouth closed last year.
At Castlepoint, a note left on the window by staff said the shop had closed at 4pm.
"Our apologies to all of our local, and all of our new customers," it said.
"It has been a pleasure serving your photographic needs. We hope to see you again."
Among the would-be customers who turned up after the closure was a woman who had ordered a camera.
Jessops is the first high-profile retail casualty of 2013, after suffering from online competition and a boom in camera phones in recent years, hitting demand for digital cameras.
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The administrators said further job losses were likely at the group's head office in Leicester.
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