Sears Unexpectedly Shuts Down Photo Studio

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COLUMBIA - Customers who showed up for photo appointments at Sears Portrait Studio Thursday learned the studio had been shut down.

Sears employees said the portrait studio would be closed from now on, but refused to comment further.

A statement on the Sears Portrait website reads:

"After many years of providing family portrait photography, we are sad to announce our Sears Portrait Studios are now closed. We appreciate your patronage and allowing us to capture your precious memories. If you currently have an album or have had a recent portrait session, you can order products at thru April 18, 2013.

If you have had a recent session, your portraits may be available at your local studio."