Costco is closing all its warehouse photo departments on 14 February.
In an email to members on Wednesday, the big-box retailer said it was shutting down services including passport photographs, ink refill, photo restoration and home-video transfer service as part of the closure.
Many of Costco’s most popular photo products will be available through its online photo center. Those services include print, enlargement, posters, stationery making and its popular and customizable greeting cards. Customers can still make photo books, calendars and other photo gifts. Costco said the business printing service is also online. Photo-related orders will be sent to customers versus delivered to stores.
In an email to its members, the retailer stated that the demand for photo reprint was declining overall.
“Since the introduction of camera phones and social media, the need to print photos has declined, even though the number of photos is increasing. After careful consideration, we have determined the continued decline of print which no longer requires photo printing on site, ”the message reads.
The retailer requests that all remaining orders be picked up by March 28 at warehouse stores.
The warehouse retailer has seen an explosion in business in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic as its members’ wholesale, long-lasting pantry goods and paper products and cleaning supplies.
The company’s quarterly earnings report at the beginning of December stated that membership fees had led to a 7.1% increase in sales. Costco incurred $ 212 million in costs during the quarter related to high wages during the epidemic. Employees have been earning an additional $ 2 per hour since the business lockdown began.
Costco shares rose 27% in 2020.
Bloomberg contributed to this report.