No Longer Developing: Cooter’s Cameras to Close

Posted by    |    August 10th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Founded by Al Cooter in 1941 and a staple of Highland Park Village, Cooter’s Village Cameras will close on Saturday, marking the end of a era for a popular Park Cities retailer. Virtually every Park Cities resident has at one time wandered into the store, generally regarded as one of the finest camera stores in the southwest. Cooter’s was a place where professional photographers could get their $30,000 Leica serviced, or little old ladies could get a set of Kodak prints from their disposable camera. Ably managed by brothers Kirk and Chriss Cooter (Chriss is the one that, to my recollection, has never smiled), the store has been a treasure. In my early days of owning Park Cities People, we would often have to get photo supplies or emergency processing done there. The guys always gave a fair price, but ultimately, online photo retailers like B&H Photo out of New York have  stolen market share away from local stores. A tragedy, especially given that the Cooter’s staff was probably the most knowledgeable photography team around. Standing ovation to a great family owned business who served its community with devotion and professionalism for 70 years.