Customer, employees speak out about PictureMe studio closure

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- "I started calling the studio and left a few messages and hadn't heard anything," said Tiffany Pollock.

Pollock had not been to a PictureMe Portrait Studios store for a couple years. But last month, she went back and bought a photo package worth $200. Fast forward to today, and she has not yet seen her pictures.

"I like the quality like I said, they're usually pretty fast and inexpensive, just really got blindsided with this whole we're closed business." she said.

Pollock got in touch with CPI's corporate office but still has not heard back. And she is not the only one who has felt the effects of CPI's quick and unannounced store closures.

"We don't get a severance package, there's nothing," said Melanie Bleck.

Bleck was the store manager at PictureMe in Wal-Mart for four years. And Sarah Clark had worked there for a couple months.

"I feel like they didn't care about anybody that has families or have anywhere else to go," Bleck said.

It was their time clock that tipped them off that suddenly, they no longer had jobs.

"And when I got into the studio, on the screen where you would normally clock in, there was a message that said your studio is closed, please do not clock in," Bleck said.

Bleck was able to begin unemployment the same day and is now hoping to go to school and change careers. Clark has a second job she has been relying on. But even faced with sudden job loss, both say they feel most for their customers.

"I was shocked to be honest and I felt absolutely horrible not just for my manager but for all the people that come in there regularly because now, where are they gonna go?" Clark said.

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