Delaware Camera will close its location at 7474 Transit Road in Amherst on Aug. 31 and consolidate operations to its 2635 Delaware Ave. store.
The company expanded into the second floor of its Delaware Avenue location in May when the previous upstairs tenant moved out. The additional space allowed it to add a studio for rent and a classroom for its weekly classes, along with more room to display larger lighting equipment.
The company's online department, where it dealt with orders from Etsy, Amazon and eBay as well as digital photo finishing orders, will move from the Amherst store to Delaware Avenue.
"It’s a step forward not a step backwards," said Mark Miller, the manager at Delaware Avenue. "People see a store closing and think it's negative but we're able to put more money into this store and make it better. Instead of having two average stores, we'll have one really great store."
As digital photos have taken over in popularity, most long-standing film developing companies have closed, including Nova Photo in 2015 and Color-Tech last year. While film processing was once the only way for consumers to see and keep photographs, digital photography and camera phones have drawn the average consumer away from traditional photo services.
Delaware Camera, a full-service camera store and camera lab, has been in business in Buffalo since 1951. In the 1980s, it was bought by Jack's Camera, a family-owned business in Philadelphia that owns two stores in Pennsylvania.
The Amherst store was surrounded by several closed storefronts on Transit Road near the Eastern Hills Mall, Miller said, which contributed to the store's decision to pull out and consolidate.
Everything in stock at the Amherst Delaware Camera location is 10% off, or 20% off with the purchase of three or more items.