Costco announced that it will be closing all of its photo departments next month.
In an announcement on its site, Costco confirmed that the photo departments inside all Costco locations will close on Sunday, February 14, 2021. They clarified that the company will be keeping some products available on the Costco Photo Center website for delivery. They are the following:
- Prints, Enlargements & Posters
- Stationery & Photo Greeting Cards
- Canvas, Metal & Acrylic Prints
- Photo Books & Calendars
- Photo Blankets & Other Photo Gifts
- Business Printing Products
However, some products will no longer be available as of February 14, according to the Costco Photo Center website, including ink refill, passport photos, photo restoration, and YesVideo Home Movie Transfer Service.
Costco had no comment when Delish reached out about the news of the closings. You can see the full announcement on the Costco Photo Center website by clicking on the banner that reads "IMPORTANT PHOTO CENTER ANNOUNCEMENT" at the top of the screen.
The company closed some of its photo departments in places like Hawaii and Massachusetts in 2019, according to a report by PetaPixel. At the time, Costco reportedly cited declining demand for printing photos as the reason for some of its closings.
“Since the introduction of camera phones and social media, the need for printing photos has steeply declined, even though the number of pictures taken continues to grow,” a letter obtained by the outlet stated.
The most recent announcement does not state a reason but ends by saying "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."