Aspen camera shop closes suddenly |

Aspen camera shop closes suddenly

ASPEN – Wolf Camera in downtown Aspen appears to have gone out of business, seemingly overnight.

“I’m still trying to figure out what happened myself,” said property manager Rob Snyder, of Robert J. Snyder Real Estate. “I have absolutely no idea what their intentions are. I have not heard a word.”

Snyder said that as of a week ago, it was business as usual at the camera shop – the only such business in town. The rent was paid through April, and the lease is signed through November.

“They’re current on their rent, and we’ve never had a problem with them. That’s what’s so odd,” Snyder said. “They have been stellar tenants.”

On Monday, however, the doors were locked, the shelves were cleared, and trash was strewn across the floor. A sign on the door offering 50 percent off read, “Store Closing Sale,” but gave no other information. The local number for Wolf Camera was in service, but no answering machine picked up. Calls to the Ritz Camera Centers Inc. corporate offices in Beltsville, Md., were not returned (Ritz is the parent company for Wolf).

Snyder also was unable to reach anyone in the corporate office, nor was he able to get into the store (the locks previously had been changed, he said). Looking through the window, Snyder said it’s obvious that the processing equipment, most of the inventory and the self-service kiosk are gone.

For customers, the store’s sudden closure was unsettling.

“I am really surprised,” Martha Luttrell said while peering through the front window at the clearly dismantled Hopkins Avenue store. “I stopped by Sunday, and it seemed like there were a few more things still inside, but it definitely looks like they’re done.”

Luttrell left a note under the store’s front door Monday afternoon inquiring about a project for which she had prepaid. Luttrell, who said she does business with Wolf regularly, added, “I really liked everyone who worked there, so I am sure they will do the right thing.”

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