Ritz Camera Centers
Ritz Camera & Image was a photographic retail and photofinishing specialty store, headquartered in Beltsville, Maryland. The company owned and operated a chain of 137 locations throughout the United States under the names Wolf Camera, Kits Cameras, Inkley’s, The Camera Shop, Inc., Cameras West, PROEX, and Boaters World. On September 10, 2012, the company announced that it would liquidate its assets after it failed to emerge from its second chapter 11 bankruptcy in four years.
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... On June 22, 2012, Ritz Camera Image filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection again and closed 128 of its stores ... and Hilco Merchant Resources LLC won an auction for Ritz Camera's assets and began the process of closing most of the 137 stores that remained ... New Jersey-based camera distributors C A Marketing have acquired the online RitzPix business and will operate a few of the retail locations across the country ...
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