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Roberts Camera Announces Move of Flagship Store after 44 Years


Roberts Camera Announces Move of Flagship Store after 44 Years

By Meredith Reinker
June 11, 2014

Indianapolis, IN – Locally owned Roberts Camera (Roberts Distributors, LP) announced today that it will be moving its flagship store location from 255 S. Meridian Street in Downtown Indianapolis after 44 years of residency to 220 E. St. Clair Street in Indianapolis.

Roberts has chosen to make this move in order to accommodate its expanding online sales channels as well as provide our local customers with a better customer experience, including expanded product lines and equipment, easier access to our store and access to a wide variety of photography classes.

The move also allows Roberts to expand and grow our subsidiary company, UsedPhotoPro. UsedPhotoPro focuses on the purchasing, trade and sales of used photography equipment and is sold primarily through online sales methods. It will also give UsedPhotoPro a retail store front and allow our local customers access to a much greater range of used photography equipment at lower prices.

Marketing Director, Meredith Reinker explains, “We are thrilled to be making this move. It will allow us to modernize what we are doing from a retail perspective and operate in a much more efficient manner. While we love being right downtown in the heart of the city, the many events that go on down here, and that make our city great, can hamper retail traffic and access to our store for both customers and deliveries. We are also looking forward to being close to the rapidly growing ‘Mass Ave’ area of the city. This new location allows us to remain downtown and give our customers easier access to our location. We feel fortunate to be growing in a tough industry and we are grateful for the support we get from our customers.”

Roberts is planning a mid-September opening of the new downtown store with a grand re-opening event to follow in early November. The Northside Carmel location at 12761 Old Meridian Street will continue to operate in the same location.

More information will be released in a press release by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

About Roberts Camera

Roberts Camera opened its doors on August 21, 1957 in downtown Indianapolis as a wholesale store that sold everything from jewelry and watches to appliances and cameras. In 1970, Roberts Distributors moved to its current location of 255 S. Meridian Street, where the focus of the company went from wholesale and jewelry to a photo and electronic specialty store. Today, Roberts prides itself on a wonderful staff with extensive knowledge about photography and the products, as well as great customer service. Roberts has been family owned and operated since the start and has been run by Bruce Pallman, Managing Partner, for the past 40 years. For more information, please visit: http://robertscamera.com/ or contact us at 1-800-726-5544 or via email at info@robertscamera.com . For great photography news and tips and to connect with other photographers, Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/robertscamera or follow us on Twitter or Instagram by following @robertscamera.com

About UsedPhotoPro

UsedPhotoPro (UPP) was founded in 2012 to help expand our used product selection both online and in-store. UPP sells used photographic equipment primarily through on-line channels. They also buy used camera inventory all over the country, and offer customers the option to trade in their used camera equipment and purchase new. UsedPhotoPro is run by Director of Operations, Corey Reinker. For more information, please visit: http://usedphotopro.com/. For the hottest used gear and to connect with us and other photographers, like us on Facebook a facebook.com/usedphotopro or follow us on Twitter and Instagram by following @usedphotopro
Contact

To learn more about this move, please contact:

Bruce Pallman, Owner & Managing Partner of Roberts Camera
bpallman@robertscamera.com
317-636-5544

 



Meredith Reinker

Roberts Focuses on Community Support and Sponsorships


Indianapolis, Indiana, September 17, 2012 - Roberts Camera, Indy’s premiere photo store, is very proud to be getting more involved with local events going on in the community. Robert’s is focusing on several upcoming events that are important to the people and community of Indianapolis.

Robert’s is extremely proud to be an official provider of the Heartland Film Festival this year. Heartland and Truly Moving Pictures does such wonderful work with independent film makers and to support the arts in our local community. Heartland and Robert’s saw a great opportunity to work together based on the idea of supporting the arts at the high school level as well. The Heartland has kicked off a local high school competition where local high schools create films that are judged by Heartland participants. Robert’s was happy to provide the prizes for this competition that was so important to the kids.

Robert’s will also be including a significant prize for the winner of the Heartland national high school competition. This contest is based on individual submissions from aspiring high school film makers around the country.
“We believe that the arts, especially film and photography, are such an important area to support,” said Robert’s Marketing Director, Meredith Reinker. These days, as budgets are being cut left and right in schools – many times kids don’t get the exposure to art in school that they should. Art introduced at a young age change a child’s life in an instant, and we want to help make sure these types of film and photography clubs can continue to exist.”

In addition, Robert’s is set to be a sponsor of the Eitlejorg Museum’s National Geographic: Greatest Photos of the American West exhibit that is scheduled to open on October 27, 2012. This exhibit will feature some of the most beautiful photos taken by some of the most wonderful National Geographic photographers over the years. Robert’s will sponsor a photo contest and photo walk, give monthly photography tips as well as feature the exhibit in our advertising.

“We could not be more excited about this partnership,” said Reinker. “We have many National Geographic photographers that are wonderful customers of ours, and this sponsorship is the perfect pairing, as we hope that the people that see this exhibit will be inspired to create their own works of art, and think of Robert’s to help them do it. We believe that Indianapolis has amazing people and culture and the Eiteljorg Museum is a prime example of that.”

Founded in 1957, Roberts has become the Midwest's premiere source for photo, video and electronics equipment. Roberts Camera is family owned and operated. Roberts has two brick and mortar locations serving the greater Indianapolis area: Downtown Indy at 255 S. Meridian Street and in Carmel at 12761 Old Meridian Street. For questions and more information, you can contact us at 1-800-726-5544 or visit http://robertscamera.com or email us at info@robertscamera.com. For the latest and greatest photography news, events and tips, like us Facebook at www.facebook.com/robertscamera and follow us on Twitter and Instagram by following @robertscamera



Meredith Reinker

Roberts Celebrates 55 Years in the Photo Business


Roberts Camera, Indy’s premiere photo store, is very proud to be celebrating their 55th Anniversary today. Robert’s opened their doors on August 21, 1957 and has gone through a plethora of changes over the years.
Robert’s started as a true wholesale distributor that sold everything from luggage to jewelry to pens. People in Indianapolis came to depend on this small storefront as the place to go for great service and always having what they were looking for.

One day, co-founder Bob Pallman was looking at some camera equipment in a Service Merchandise catalog. One of his employees commented that he was taking a class on cameras and he could “probably sell that stuff.” That sealed the deal! Bob bough the page and the merchandise and they were in the camera business.

Fifty-five years later, Robert’s is a little more than just “in the camera business.” They are the biggest camera reseller in the Midwest and one of the biggest in the country. Robert’s has a huge selection of the hottest gear and accessories as well as a massive selection of used camera equipment through their Used Photo Pro division. By maintaining great customer service and a detailed knowledge of photography and the products, Robert’s has stayed competitive in this ever changing retail world.

“We very happy to be celebrating 55 years in business,” said Roberts managing partner, Bruce Pallman. “I think my parents would be pretty pleased if they could see where we are today. This place was their heart and soul and I think we’ve been able to maintain the character they put into this business while still changing with the times. We hope that our value-ads will get people to continue to shop and support us as opposed to going to an Amazon or Best Buy.”
To see more about the history of Robert’s, check out our 55th Anniversary video: https://vimeo.com/48527605

Founded in 1957, Roberts has become the Midwest's premiere source for photo, video and electronics equipment. Roberts Camera is family owned and operated. Roberts has two brick and mortar locations serving the greater Indianapolis area: Downtown Indy at 255 S. Meridian Street and in Carmel at 12761 Old Meridian Street. For questions and more information, you can contact us at 1-800-726-5544 or visit http://robertscamera.com or email us at info@robertscamera.com. For the latest and greatest photography news, events and tips, like us Facebook at www.facebook.com/robertscamera and follow us on Twitter and Instagram by following @robertscamera



Meredith Reinker

Roberts Announces Launch of New Used Camera Division


Roberts Camera, Indy’s premiere photo store, is very excited to announce their further expansion into the used camera market. Roberts is grossly expanding their inventory by acquiring used photography equipment worldwide.

This equipment is restored to beautiful condition in their downtown Indianapolis store and resold in the downtown location or online, and can be found at www.robertscamera.com or www.usedphotopro.com – the new online store for Roberts used equipment.

This used camera inventory will make Roberts extremely competitive in both price and availability. Used equipment is a cost effective way for everyone from professionals to the general market to be able to afford the best of the best! In an industry where new models are launched quite frequently, the used camera market is a great place to find something “old” and “new.” The variety of equipment and economical prices are only two of the reasons to check out this ever-changing supply. Visit www.robertscamera.com or usedphotopro.com to find the latest in-stock items.

“We are really proud of this new venture,” said Roberts Director of Operations, Corey Reinker. “This expansion is going to allow us to carry a huge supply of used equipment and sell it through multiple channels. Between our Roberts Camera website, the UsedPhotoPro website and other avenues, we are hoping to reach people not only nationwide, but internationally as well. I think people who are on the hunt for used equipment are going to be really impressed with what we have to offer.”

Founded in 1957, Roberts has become the Midwest's premiere source for photo, video and electronics equipment. Roberts Camera is family owned and operated. Roberts has two brick and mortar locations serving the greater Indianapolis area: Downtown Indy at 255 S. Meridian Street and in Carmel at 12761 Old Meridian Street. For questions and more information, you can contact us at 1-800-726-5544 or visit http://robertscamera.com or email us at info@robertscamera.com. For the latest and greatest photography news, events and tips, like us Facebook at www.facebook.com/robertscamera and follow us on Twitter and Instagram by following @robertscamera