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      Penn Camera Exchange Inc. files for Chapter 11

      (Photo courtesy bigtallguy via Flickr)

      A camera seller with eight retails stores that has been a D.C.-area fixture since 1953 is closing because of bankruptcy.

      Penn Camera Exchange Inc. announced Wednesday that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

      “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the photographic needs of this community for nearly sixty years. We extend our deepest gratitude to our many employees and wish for them a smooth transition,” the company stated on its Website.

      Customers that have repairs, processing or other business related items located in the stores that have closed may pick up their property as indicate below:

      Pikesville and Laurel:
      At the Rockville location
      Rockville Federal Plaza
      Manager: Brian Z.
      12266-F Rockville Pike
      Rockville, MD 20852

      Fairlakes and Springfield:
      At the Tysons location
      Tysons Corner
      Manager: Ramona S.
      8357-E Leesburg Pike
      Vienna, VA 22102

      18th Street:
      At the E Street location
      E Street
      Manager: Kim P.
      840 E Street NW
      Washington, DC 20004