Former Podium shop closes 12 months on
A photographic shop in Bath has closed less than a year after moving premises.
After 12 years, Bath Photo Optics, in Abbey Gate Street, closed for business last Friday with the loss of three jobs – one full-time and two part-time.
The business, which sold camera equipment and specialised in photographic processing and printing, was owned and run by Peter Larkin, 49.
The shop moved to Abbey Gate Street at the beginning of the year after being evicted from the Podium Shopping Centre to make room for the Waitrose expansion.
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Mr Larkin said: "We only got two months' notice from the Podium to make way for Waitrose and we lost two months' trade with trying to get into the new premises, and in this economic climate we haven't been able to make the new store work."
He added: "Thank you to all our customers for the loyalty they have shown over the years."
Mr Larkin, who had a triple heart bypass earlier this year, has spent his career working in photographic shops across Bristol and Bath but said he had not yet decided what he would do next.