Coe Camera to close Prince Street shop after 75 years

Building sold in April for $415,000

It’s the end of an era for Lancaster’s last photo shop with an announcement from Coe Camera/Perfect Image today simply revealing: “We’re Moving From Our Downtown Location!”

Not exactly something to be exclaiming. It’s sad to generations of budding photography enthusiasts who bo

Coe Camera/Perfect Image Downtown will close its doors May 31. The Fruitville Pike store and one in Hummelstown currently remain open. (Photo via http://www.facebook.com/PerfectImagedowntown)

ught their first cameras and equipment from Coe.

“To help better serve our customers, on June 1, 2017, we’ll be moving our Downtown Lancaster location and combining it with our nearby Fruitville Pike store … a short distance away,” the email states.

The only reason given in the email about the closure was: “We fully intend to honor that legacy by continuing to operate a strong independent camera and photo printing store for the photographers of Lancaster County in the decades to come.”

Lancaster County property records show Locksmiths LLC sold the building in April to SR Group LLC for $415,000. State records reveal the limited liability company is located at 72 West Fairview Avenue, Marietta.

The last day at 220 North Prince Street will be Wednesday, May 31.

Coe Camera has been part of Downtown Lancaster since 1945. Wes Kauffman, owner of the Perfect Image, which has been in business since 1978, bought out Coe in May 2014, and spent $35,000 on renovations before reopening later that year, according to published reports. Coe Camera was founded by George Coe who served as Lancaster’s mayor from 1962 to 1966.

“We always enjoy hearing customers’ personal stories of connection to the Downtown store. Whether they’re recalling the first camera they bought, or reliving their own history through the prints they’ve made, Coe Camera’s role in generations of local residents’ lives is undeniable,” the notice says.

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