Andover’s photo services & cartridge shop Photos2Print – previously Cartridge & Personalised Print World – grand reopening was on the 2nd November 2017 with The Worshipful The Mayor, Councillor Carl Borg-Neal and past Mayor Mrs Pat West (who opened the store some 14 years ago with Mark and Lesley-Ann).
Photos2Print, located on Bridge Street, Andover, is the first retailer in the UK to use FUJIFILM’s Wonder Photo Shop concept – a concept first developed in Tokyo to combat the decline in photo printing.
The Wonder Photo Shop forgets the old clinical style of photo developing, with a radically fresh approach. By utilising the hugely successful instax camera, FUJIFILM’s new concept appeals to a younger audience, inspiring the generation of digital and mobile photographers.
FUJIFILM has worked hard to understand the consumer shopping experience, and has produced a concept designed to stimulate, inspire and engage with shoppers of all ages. Since Tokyo, similar concept stores have launched around the world in prime locations including New York and Barcelona.
Until now, the concept hasn’t been seen in the UK.
“We were excited by FUJIFILM’s research in this area, and after visiting the Barcelona store and seeing the concept for ourselves, we knew it was the right direction for our cartridge and photo business” says Lesley-Ann Simmonds, who owns Photos2Print alongside her husband Mark Simmonds.
“We completely revamped our shop in line with FUJIFILM’s new concept and were delighted to be asked to be the first retailer to offer the Wonder Photo Shop Concept in the UK, although it doesn’t quite have the same excitement as New York or Barcelona, we’ve certainly put Andover on the map. We started as Cartridge World some 14 years ago and have worked hard over the years to adapt and change our business from a cartridge shop to now offering a complete photo, print and cartridge service” say’s Lesley-Ann Simmonds.
Mark and Lesley-Ann have worked hard to create a fun shopping experience for their customers.
A scrapbooking and crafting area has been created, allowing customers to design and paint their own photo frames, scrapbooks and so much more in-store.
“The Wonder Photo Shop concept is very important to Fujifilm as it represents our vision of what a modern photo retail store should be. It takes consumer photo beyond just a 6×4 print into a whole world of creativity and fun. With Photo2Print, Mark & Lesley-Ann have brought that vision to the UK. It makes me very proud that they believed this was the future for their business too and I look forward to working with them and their fantastic team on even more new ideas for photo products and services in the future”. Peter Wigington, Marketing Manager Photo Imaging Group.