Blacks (Canada)

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Blacks Photo Corporation[1]
Industry Retail
Founded 1948 in Toronto
Headquarters Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Key people William Edward Black and Robert Black
Products Photo finishing
Parent Telus
Website www.blacks.ca

Blacks Photo Corporation,[1] commonly known as Blacks (formerly Black's), is a large Canada-wide retailer of photo-related products and photofinishing services owned by Telus. It is headquartered in Scarborough, Ontario and has approximately 70 stores across 5 of 10 provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia) in Canada. In some areas not served by Blacks stores, pickup for online orders is available at Telus retail locations.[2]

History[edit]

Older-format store at the Promenade Mall in Thornhill, Ontario.

Black's Photo was founded in 1948 by brothers William Edward Black (1925-2010) and Robert (Bob) Black in Toronto.[3][4]

The family owned firm became a public company in 1969 and was listed on Toronto Stock Exchange[5][6] and later sold to Fuji Film in 1981.[7]

The company is a Canadian retailer.[5]

Black's acquired Astral Photo, formed in 1968 by Astral Media in Montreal. The Quebec based stores were ultimately renamed Blacks, but the last of the stores in Quebec were closed in 2013. Blacks currently does not have a presence in Quebec.

On October 29th 2007, Reichmann Hauer Capital Partners (RHCP) purchased the company. The company was then acquired from RHCP by Telus in 2009.

In 2014, the company rebranded as "Blacks", without a possessive apostrophe, following the lead of fellow Canadian companies such as Eatons and Tim Hortons. It also launched a new store concept based largely around prints and other creative solutions for digital photography.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Blacks. "Contact Us". Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  2. ^ Blacks. "Find a Store". Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  3. ^ "William Edward Black Obituary: View William Black's Obituary by Toronto Star". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  4. ^ "Thinkwrap Commerce: Black's Photography | Thinkwrap Commerce". Thinkwrap.com. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  5. ^ a b http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=295788746&targetid=profile
  6. ^ "Black Photo Corporation Company Profile". ZoomInfo.com. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  7. ^ "Edward Black". ZoomInfo.com. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  8. ^ Laird, Kristin (2014-05-09). "REBRANDED BLACKS AIMS FOR RETAIL PHOTOGRAPHY’S FUTURE". Marketing. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 

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