Campus Camera, Clemson's only dedicated photo service and supply business, operated for 33 years as of 2007. Originally located on the east end of the second level of the University Square Shopping Mall from 1975, it moved to College Place mall (the former Winn-Dixie) in the spring of 1981, and then to its own building in the remodelled Fast Fare convenience store building at 548 College Avenue in late 1988. Campus Camera had the first one-hour processing lab in the Upstate.
With the precipitous decline in the demand for photo processing since the introduction of digital imaging around 2002, the emporium saw a continuing decrease in business. After a normal football weekend, Campus Camera used to process 150-plus rolls on Monday. This dwindled to just a handful. Long-standing contracts with the university also dried up with the digital revolution. To this end, the owner, Clark Wickliffe, negotiated a 25-year lease of the property to Walgreen's Drugs, who will then have the option of purchasing the parcel. Campus Camera remained open through the fall of 2007, with construction of the drugstore to begin in 2008.
As of November 2007, the business posted clearance signs in its windows. The last day of business was December 28. By the first of January 2008, it was closed with the furnishings for sale. By late June, the three combined properties had been razed and site preparation was underway.
The former owner/operator of Campus Camera in Clemson has passed away. Louis Clark Wickliffe, 64, died Monday, May 12, 2008, at his residence at 125 Cliffwick Lane in Seneca, SC, according Davenport Funeral Home. Wickliffe was an elder, deacon and choir member of the Walhalla Presbyterian Church and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
- Campus Camera
- 548 College Avenue
- Clemson, South Carolina 29631
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