Unique Photo comes to 79 Hudson St. in Hoboken, NJ
In the times of online shopping and same day internet deliveries – it’s surprising to see a “retail camera store” try their luck in Hoboken. Unique Photo is now open inside 79 Hudson Street. They’ll be having their official “Grand Opening” festivities on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
Well, it’s not the first time they’ve been in Hoboken, as you can read about their old place over 60 years ago below.
I can understand places like NYC have wildly successful camera shops (like B&H Photo – as well as tons of others), because of the sheer population density – as well as the year-long tourist invasion.
I wonder how Unique Photo will fare long-term in Hoboken? I suppose since they have a “suite” inside (LL100 – first floor behind Caffe Bene) with cheaper rent – as well as high profit-margin classes – they might have figured out what it takes to have a brick & mortar survive in online digital world.
Unique Photo “returns” to Hoboken
“Unique Photo, New Jersey’s largest retail camera store and center for photography education, announces the Grand Opening Celebration of its new store in Hoboken on June 2. The new location at 79 Hudson Street at the Hudson Crossroads, directly across from the Hoboken Path Station, is situated just steps away from Unique Photo’s original retail camera store in New Jersey which opened its doors on the same day in 1954.
“Hoboken is a vibrant location and we’re excited to be opening our new satellite store in the same place where my grandparents opened their first retail location in 1954,” said President Alexander Sweetwood, third-generation member of the Sweetwood family to head the Fairfield, NJ-based retail camera store. “Now our customers will have even more convenience and accessibility to the latest camera technology, education and services that have made our store the ultimate destination for amateur and professional photographers alike.”
The new 1,200-square-foot location will feature all of the extensive photography services and educational programs that have made Unique Photo one of the leading photographic retailers and distributors in the United States. In addition to a full catalog of rental equipment, the store will offer group educational classes and workshops, one-on-one training, printing and photo restoration services, equipment buy-back programs and repair services.
Ideally located near the PATH train station and the Hudson River waterfront, customers can also look forward to special off-site photo excursions such as walking photo tours of historic Hoboken, the Statue of Liberty and New York City skyscapes.
The June 2 Grand Opening Celebration will feature in-store specials, demonstrations and sales on equipment, rentals and classes. The store is currently open and offering soft opening services such as rentals, trade-ins and personal one-on-one training sessions. Hoboken store hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Unique Photo began when Bernard and Harriet Sweetwood opened a small photographic supply outlet in Brooklyn, NY in 1947. They opened over 20 retail outlets in department stores across New Jersey and then opened their first independent retail location in New Jersey, Hoboken Camera Center, in 1954.
“Returning to Hoboken and our roots really proves that ‘you can go home again,’ and it’s a symbol of success,” said Sweetwood.
Unique Photo is also home to the Unique® Photo Expo, New Jersey’s largest photography public trade show, coming on June 24 – 26 at the Unique Photo Superstore in Fairfield, NJ. Consumers can demo and purchase the latest products from leading manufactures and take advantage of great sales and over 40 free photography workshops. For more information, visit www.uniquephoto.com.
ABOUT UNIQUE PHOTO
Unique Photo is New Jersey’s largest camera and video superstore offering the latest in photographic products and imaging technology. Its 50,000 square-foot, state-of-
the-art facility in Fairfield, NJ. features a spacious photography retail store, multi-media learning center, professional photo lab, meeting space, gourmet coffee bar and WiFi
lounge. Unique Photo is also the top destination for photography education in New Jersey, hosting more than 1,000 amateur and professional photographers monthly for its
classes. “Unique University” instructors include world famous photographers, industry guest lecturers and Unique Photo’s professional staff. For more information, visit
www.uniquephoto.com or call 973-377-2007.