Dodd Camera will open a new store at Austin Landing and close its Dayton Mall location, company officials said Wednesday.
The Cleveland-based photography supply and printing company will open the new 3,000-square-foot store at 10725 Innovation Drive in Miami Twp. in early November, said Mark Leonard, company president.
Dodd Camera will then close its Dayton Mall location at 2925 Miamisburg-Centerville Road after that store’s lease expires at the end of January, Leonard said. “Hopefully, the customers will follow us to the new location,” he said.
Leonard said the new store will employ seven to eight people, who will shift there from other area locations.
Dodd Camera will be located alongside Jack’s Pets, Great Clips and a fourth tenant in the mixed-use Austin Landing development.
“We think that their concept makes a lot of sense for our type of business and just retailing in general,” Leonard said.
The new store will be about 10 percent larger than the Dayton Mall location. It will offer more rental equipment and feature a “living room” area to display photo products such as canvas-wrap prints, calendars and puzzles as they might be presented in a home, he said.
Dodd Camera also is more than doubling the size of its Beavercreek store at 4408 Indian Ripple Road by expanding into an adjacent retail space. The 3,900-square-foot store, located across from The Greene Town Center, will include a large classroom for photography education use.
“That will be our learning center where we can invite working professional photographers, or we can teach moms how to take pictures of their kids playing sports,” Leonard said.
Dodd Camera, a family-owned business founded in 1891, operates area stores in Beavercreek, Fairborn, Kettering, Miami Twp. and Springfield. The company purchased Dayton-based Click Camera stores in 2005.
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