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Walmart photo studios shut down

By Kianga Kelley
Published On: Apr 05 2013 11:31:10 PM CDT

       A popular portrait studio shuts its doors without notice. CPI Corps operated in more than 2,000 Walmart and Sears stores around the country. The abrupt decision left some laid-off workers scrambling without pay, to make good on customers' orders.

 One man who asked to remain anonymous told News Channel 12 that he found out he was out of the job in Greenville on Wednesday night.

 “I received, I guess it wasn't even a phone call, it was just a text from my manager,” the man said. “Letting me know they were going black effective immediately and that meant basically that night. “Photos are a luxury nowadays, I understand. It just sucks for us employees and those involved.”

 There was little explanation for the abrupt closing except for a two paragraph message on the company’s website. "After many years of providing family portrait photography, we are sad to announce that all of our U.S. portrait studios are now closed. We appreciate your patronage and allowing us to capture your precious memories."

  In March CPI’s chief marketing officer and executive vice president resigned after a seven year tenure. According to the Associated Press, CPI owes $98.5 million dollars to lenders.