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Penn Camera shutters 5 of 8 D.C. area stores

Wednesday - 1/4/2012, 1:29pm  ET

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Penn Camera, which had eight locations in the D.C. Metro area announced Wednesday it will close down five locations immediately. (Google Maps)

WASHINGTON - After 58 years in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Penn Camera announced it has filed for bankruptcy and is closing five of its local stores.

Penn Camera Exchange, Inc. made the announcement on its website Wednesday that it filed for Chapter 11.

"A dramatic decline in sales performance during the preceding holiday period has precipitated this action," read the letter to customers.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the photographic needs of this community for nearly sixty years. We extend our deepest gratitude to our many employees and wish for them a smooth transition."

Penn Camera will close the following five locations immediately:

  • Pikesville
  • Laurel
  • Fairlakes
  • Springfield
  • 18th Street

They will hold a clearance sale at their E Street, Rockville and Tysons Corner locations.

Customers that have repairs, processing or other business related items located in the stores that have closed may pick up their property as indicated below:

Pikesville and Laurel: At the Rockville location Rockville Federal Plaza Manager: Brian Z. 12266-F Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852 301-231-7366

Fairlakes and Springfield: At the Tysons location Tysons Corner Manager: Ramona S. 8357-E Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22102 703-893-7366

18th Street: At the E Street location E Street Manager: Kim P. 840 E Street NW Washington, DC 20004 202-347-5777

Penn Camera is asking customers with questions to email sales@penncamera.com, call 301-210-7366 ext. 100, or send a fax to 301-210-7370.

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