Camera chain could return to Scarboro’

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A fallen high street camera chain, which closed its Scarborough store with almost no warning, is to re-open.

Retailer Jessops plunged into administration in January, signalling the demise of the Scarborough branch in Westborough, along with 186 other shops.

However, the company has now commenced trading, after it was snapped up by a consortium spearheaded by Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones.

And there could be good news for former workers at the Scarborough branch, after the new owners pledged to create 500 jobs nationwide - with priority being offered to ex-staff.

It’s anticipated that 30 to 40 stores will reopen nationwide, and although it’s yet unknown if the Scarborough branch will be one of those, former manager Neil Silk hopes that there’s still a place for it in the town.

“We must be one of the few towns in Britain that doesn’t have either a camera shop or a record shop,” said Mr Silk, who now works as a photographer for The Scarborough News.

“It would be a real boost to have it back on our high street.”

The Scarborough branch, which lies opposite to HMV, closed less than a week after administrators were called in to help the once crippled firm.

The unit remains empty, although the Jessops logo still remains intact.

It was one of a handful of major stores that shut Scarborough branches this year.

The re-launched company is forecasting first year sales of at least £80 million, which it claims will give it 15 per cent market share in the UK.

The new company objective is to offer customers equipment as the same price as cut-price online retailers.

Currently, stores in Birmingham and London are the only shops to have opened in the first wave of the relaunch.

Mr Jones has branded the re-opening a “great day for British retail”