Photo developing lab in Virginia is closing for good


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A photo developing lab in Virginia impacted by the coronavirus pandemic says it is closing its doors for good.
The Lifetouch facility owned by digital photo developer Shutterfly had first announced in early February that it would close the Chesapeake lab, The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday. Then it announced that it would close even sooner because of the coronavirus.
Lifetouch reopened amid the pandemic and rehired nearly 100 of its 317 workers to finish producing school photos and products before it planned to close for good by June.
Spokeswoman Sondra Harding says operations now will end in mid-May and the Chesapeake facility will close by June 5.
Founded in 1999, Redwood City, California-based, Shutterfly lists three divisions, including Lifetouch. Its web page says Lifetouch specializes in school photography and also serves families through portrait studios and other partnerships.