Among the stores opening this Sunday in the new Shaw’s on Main Street in Bangor is Konica Quality Photo, which will process color-print film on-site and offer its customers new photographic services.
According to Caleb Mason, the director of corporate marketing for Konica Quality Photo, the photo lab inside Shaw’s will introduce digitial photography services via the Konica PC PictureShow. “It allows a customer to have their photographs put on a floppy disk for only $3.99 more per roll when they order color prints,” Mason said. “They can get up to 27 exposures per roll placed on a disk. We will offer this service through our overnight processing.”
Customers can also stop by the Konica photo lab and have their photographs placed on the Internet. Mason explained that customers can select specific photos and send them to the Konica processing center on Route 1 in Scarborough, where the photos will be scanned before introduction to the Internet. “This is the world’s first service of this type for the photographic industry,” he said.
Besides standard film development, customers can order enlargements at the Konica photo lab. “Sizes up to 8 by 10, 11 by 14, and poster size (16 by 20) are available, but not all sizes are done on-site,” Mason said. “Some larger ones are sent to Scarborough for processing.
“You can also order holiday greeting cards, which is a very big business starting right after Thanksgiving,” he said. “The customer can pay $3.99 extra to get a guaranteed two-day service on the greeting cards. They’re very popular at this time of the year.”
Other photographic services will include “a wide variety of gift items: photo mugs, photo T-shirts, and the like,” Mason said. “The customer brings in a photograph, and we place it on a gift item.”
Konica Quality Photo operates one-hour photo labs at Shaw’s supermarkets in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The Bangor photo lab will be the first one that Konica has placed in a Shaw’s in Maine. “We’re planning to work with Shaw’s through the coming year to put more processing facilities in their stores,” Mason said. “It’s a good situation for us and for them, because it rounds out the services available to people shopping in the stores.”
— By Brian Swartz