Camtech owner and Concession Street veteran set to “semi-retire”

News Aug 03, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Roger Burrough recalls he was a fresh-faced 24-year-old when he opened his camera store on Concession Street.

Now 40 years later, the owner of the Scope Store @Camtech (formerly Camtech Photographic Services) has announced he will be closing his store on Aug. 31 to enjoy what he calls “semi-retirement” and to spend more time with his three grandchildren.

“It’s just time,” said the 64-year-old Burrough, who let his three part-time staffers know about his plans six months ago.

With competition from on-line operators and big box stores, Burrough noted his retail sales have fallen over the past decade.

“It gets to that point (of) diminishing returns, it’s just not worth doing,” he said.

But that doesn’t mean business was bad.

Burrough said the classic film camera repair and servicing side of his business remains strong.

“Most of my work these days comes from Ottawa, Montreal, the west coast, the east coast,” noted Burrough, who will continue to repair and service Hasselblad and other classic cameras at his Caledonia area home. “The camera repair business for this classic stuff is probably better than it’s ever been.”

Burrough noted he made a big push to sell telescopes about 10 years ago and he believes there remains a strong local market for those products.

“If I was younger and had better marketing skills I would continue with this,” he said. “This area is really primed for a telescope/astronomy store.”

Burrough, who owns the just under 1,500 square-foot store on Concession Street near East 23rd , has put the location up for sale and has had a few people in for a look.

He said he wants to be out by the end of August to give the new owner a chance to do any required renovations before the winter.

“There’s a lot of potential for the right type of business,” said Burrough, who added he did not want to have to go through another Christmas season.

“Christmas in retail in this environment is brutal,” he said.

Despite recent retail challenges the former business improvement area co-chair and board member said he will miss being part of Concession Street.

“We’ve been successful here,” he said “It’s been good to us.”

BIA chair Leo Santos said Burrough had one of the specialty shops that Concession Street is known for and he will be missed.

“It’s completely understandable,” Santos said. “There’s a time in life where you want to kick back.”

 

 

Camtech owner and Concession Street veteran set to “semi-retire”

Roger Burrough will continue to repair cameras out of his home

News Aug 03, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Roger Burrough recalls he was a fresh-faced 24-year-old when he opened his camera store on Concession Street.

Now 40 years later, the owner of the Scope Store @Camtech (formerly Camtech Photographic Services) has announced he will be closing his store on Aug. 31 to enjoy what he calls “semi-retirement” and to spend more time with his three grandchildren.

“It’s just time,” said the 64-year-old Burrough, who let his three part-time staffers know about his plans six months ago.

With competition from on-line operators and big box stores, Burrough noted his retail sales have fallen over the past decade.

“It gets to that point (of) diminishing returns, it’s just not worth doing,” he said.

But that doesn’t mean business was bad.

Burrough said the classic film camera repair and servicing side of his business remains strong.

“Most of my work these days comes from Ottawa, Montreal, the west coast, the east coast,” noted Burrough, who will continue to repair and service Hasselblad and other classic cameras at his Caledonia area home. “The camera repair business for this classic stuff is probably better than it’s ever been.”

Burrough noted he made a big push to sell telescopes about 10 years ago and he believes there remains a strong local market for those products.

“If I was younger and had better marketing skills I would continue with this,” he said. “This area is really primed for a telescope/astronomy store.”

Burrough, who owns the just under 1,500 square-foot store on Concession Street near East 23rd , has put the location up for sale and has had a few people in for a look.

He said he wants to be out by the end of August to give the new owner a chance to do any required renovations before the winter.

“There’s a lot of potential for the right type of business,” said Burrough, who added he did not want to have to go through another Christmas season.

“Christmas in retail in this environment is brutal,” he said.

Despite recent retail challenges the former business improvement area co-chair and board member said he will miss being part of Concession Street.

“We’ve been successful here,” he said “It’s been good to us.”

BIA chair Leo Santos said Burrough had one of the specialty shops that Concession Street is known for and he will be missed.

“It’s completely understandable,” Santos said. “There’s a time in life where you want to kick back.”

 

 

Camtech owner and Concession Street veteran set to “semi-retire”

Roger Burrough will continue to repair cameras out of his home

News Aug 03, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Roger Burrough recalls he was a fresh-faced 24-year-old when he opened his camera store on Concession Street.

Now 40 years later, the owner of the Scope Store @Camtech (formerly Camtech Photographic Services) has announced he will be closing his store on Aug. 31 to enjoy what he calls “semi-retirement” and to spend more time with his three grandchildren.

“It’s just time,” said the 64-year-old Burrough, who let his three part-time staffers know about his plans six months ago.

With competition from on-line operators and big box stores, Burrough noted his retail sales have fallen over the past decade.

“It gets to that point (of) diminishing returns, it’s just not worth doing,” he said.

But that doesn’t mean business was bad.

Burrough said the classic film camera repair and servicing side of his business remains strong.

“Most of my work these days comes from Ottawa, Montreal, the west coast, the east coast,” noted Burrough, who will continue to repair and service Hasselblad and other classic cameras at his Caledonia area home. “The camera repair business for this classic stuff is probably better than it’s ever been.”

Burrough noted he made a big push to sell telescopes about 10 years ago and he believes there remains a strong local market for those products.

“If I was younger and had better marketing skills I would continue with this,” he said. “This area is really primed for a telescope/astronomy store.”

Burrough, who owns the just under 1,500 square-foot store on Concession Street near East 23rd , has put the location up for sale and has had a few people in for a look.

He said he wants to be out by the end of August to give the new owner a chance to do any required renovations before the winter.

“There’s a lot of potential for the right type of business,” said Burrough, who added he did not want to have to go through another Christmas season.

“Christmas in retail in this environment is brutal,” he said.

Despite recent retail challenges the former business improvement area co-chair and board member said he will miss being part of Concession Street.

“We’ve been successful here,” he said “It’s been good to us.”

BIA chair Leo Santos said Burrough had one of the specialty shops that Concession Street is known for and he will be missed.

“It’s completely understandable,” Santos said. “There’s a time in life where you want to kick back.”