It is with a strange mix of excitement, sadness and trepidation that we announce our departure from the Corn Exchange after a 6 year residency, where we started from one small room and grew to our current larger unit. But - and I have to be honest - the strange feeling is 99% excitement, as the big decision has been made to move forward with West Yorkshire Cameras and step it up another level.
Regrettably, it was not possible to remain in the Corn Exchange and grow as we want to. Therefore, we shall be opening our doors for the final time in our current guise on Sunday the 4th of August 2019, and on Monday 19th August opening the new, larger shop just down the road in the superb Grand Arcade, built in 1897. It hosts many other independent retailers, bars and restaurants - as well as being just round the corner from the very posh Leeds Grand Theatre. It also famously bears the animated clock which chimes on the hour, every hour (which I am sure we will be hearing in our dreams nightmares).
Please do try to cope without us for a couple of weeks. I would recommend Dale Photographic if you need anything in the meantime, and to keep the withdrawal symptoms at bay. We will return with more stock and more wonderful photographic paraphernalia than ever, and hopefully you are as excited as we are to come and take a look around when we're done!
As you may expect, during this two-week period there may be some delay in dispatching orders and answering queries. We are also anticipating a closure of the website for 3-4 days to undertake a stock-take and make some changes.
I can't thank you all enough for supporting us the last seven years. We may moan about work as much as anyone else, but it really is a dream come true to be able to do this for a living! And because we are essentially doing all of this for you lot - the thousands of photography and camera enthusiasts that come through our door and go on our website each year - I would absolutely welcome any and all suggestions for the new place if you have some. Is there anything you've seen in another shop that would really suit us? Let us know in the comments, or in an email. We've already decided to get a glitter ball...
Many thanks also go to the staff and other shops in the Corn Exchange that have helped us along the way. We'll miss seeing you for sure.
See you in the new shop!
Howard, Hattie and Mike.