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Image Arts offers opportunity for photo labs to convert into digital-imaging centers

Apr 1, 2002 12:00 AM

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Image Arts Etc. (San Diego) has introduced a new conversion program for independent photographers, one-hour photo labs, frame shops and business-graphics service bureaus to convert to retail digital-imaging centers. Independents can join the Image Arts Etc. franchise network at a reduced franchise and royalty fee. The program helps them re-image, re-design, re-merchandise and even relocate their existing business. Image Arts Etc. provides five weeks of intensive training in all profit centers, tested marketing and sales programs, ongoing technical and operations support, group discounts on equipment and supplies, and centralized fulfillment of specialty products.

Image Arts Etc. says it expects to open 1,000 franchised outlets within the next five years. It has attracted investment from Eastman Kodak (Rochester, NY).