Longtime photo retailer Chuck Wolf is returning to brick and mortar with a shop in Atlanta, GA offering in-store assistance “to help you get your photos out of the digital world and into the physical world.”
Wolf says his new store “will help you do more with your photos and, most importantly, let you preserve and share them in the real world, outside of your social networks, as works of art.” He adds that in today’s marketplace there is “a big need” for “exceptional customer service and unparalleled expertise” at a place where customers can go for help or to get their photography questions answered.
For the new firm, the Photo Design Bar, Wolf says he’s “assembled an eclectic team of industry veterans and young digital gurus to guide him in making this the most innovative, technologically advanced experience possible. The store will staff professional photographers and digital photo experts to answer your questions and teach you all the ins and outs of the latest photo editing tools and apps. And, yes, they’ll even help with prints or photo novelty items.”
Wolf first worked at a Washington DC Ritz Camera store owned by his uncle Ed Ritz. In 1974, he traded in stock in the company for nine stores. That chain grew until in 1997, Wolf opened its 300th store. In 1998, Wolf acquired the 449 Fox Photo Stores from Eastman Kodak, making Wolf Camera the second largest specialty retail camera chain in the country, he says, next to Wolf’s Uncle’s Ritz Camera, which was then led by his first cousin, David Ritz. In 2001, he sold to Ritz Camera.