Shutterbug shutters, Subway calls it a wrap at Walmart

LINCOLN CITY — After nearly two decades at the outlet mall, Oregon-based Shutterbug camera supply closed its store Dec. 27.

“We’ve been here for many years and love being at the coast,” remarked general manager Chris Samiee, whose family founded the operation in Salem and operates stores or photo outlets in Salem, Portland, Eugene and Beaverton.

Samiee described Shutterbug’s business as “phenomenal” for the last four years but said the Lincoln City store had underperformed.

“Business over here at the coast has not been the best for us,” he said. “People don’t go to malls like they used to. The mall people have been really nice to us, but we decided we need to stay closer to home.”

A store employee, one of three, said rent for the premium east side spot had been increased and that a new tenant had already arranged to fill the vacancy. Mall operators offered the camera store a less-costly spot on the west side, he said, but the proffer was declined.

Meanwhile, the Subway shop at Walmart’s Newport “superstore” closed last week. Owner Don Williams said the operation’s sales failed to keep up with rising health care and wage costs. Williams has another Subway franchise in Newport and two in Lincoln City that are doing well, he said.

“We had a good, strong summer,” he noted, saying he is looking for other locations to expand the popular brand.


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