Snappy Snaps

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Snappy Snaps
Industry Retail
Founded 1983
Founder Don Kennedy and Tim MacAndrews
Headquarters London, UK
Number of locations
Area served
Products Photographic Equipment
Services Photographic Processing

Snappy Snaps is a British photographic services franchise established in 1983 by Don Kennedy and Tim MacAndrews.[1]

As of March 2012 there are 120 Snappy Snaps franchise locations throughout the UK. Branches offer various services including one-hour film processing[2] and digital photo printing.[3]

The first Snappy Snaps one hour photo store opened in 1983. A further three trial stores were added during the following three years and, following the success of these stores, the first franchised Snappy Snaps store opened for business in 1987.[citation needed]

Snappy Snaps was also involved with the now-abandoned UK identity card scheme.[4]

The Snappy Snaps branch in Hampstead, London, featured in the news after the singer George Michael drove into the front of the building in the early hours of Sunday 4 July 2010 whilst under the influence of cannabis and prescription medication.[5][6] Following Michael's death on Christmas Day 2016, the shop became the site of a "shrine" to the late singer, with fans leaving flowers, cards, messages and toys outside the shop front, much to the annoyance of the store management.[7]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-18. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
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  4. ^ "Retailers reject ID security fear". BBC News. 6 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "George Michael Arrested". Sky Showbiz. Archived from the original on 9 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Michael jailed for cannabis crash". London: 14 September 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Shop George Michael crashed into turned into a shrine". London: 16 January 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2017.