New ownership, familiar faces for Columbia Photo

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 | 6:10 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia Photo has been operating under new ownership since March 31, according to a Tuesday news release.

Columbia Photo founder Tom Atkins contacted Creve Coeur Camera of St. Louis President Stephen Weiss after the mid-February announcement of the Columbia business's closing.

Manager Dennis Stegall said there will still be "familiar faces" in the store, and most of the employees from Columbia Photo will be staying. Stegall has been with Columbia Photo for more than 34 years.

Columbia Photo has been offering advice and selling equipment to Columbia residents for over 42 years, and will continue to do so under the new management.

Stegall emphasized the store will still provide the same services to customers,  including the photography classes.

The store will be bringing in a variety of new products and manufacturers, including Canon, Pentax, Nikon, along with expanded camera bags, tripods, lighting and other accessories, according to the release.

"We are excited to move forward with Creve Coeur," said Stegall.

Managers from Creve Coeur Camera have been in the store the past few days working with the employees on understanding the new computer system the store will be using, Stegall said.

Columbia Photo will remain at 111 S. Ninth St.

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