Fullerton Cameras is closing its shutters for the last time – Serving the Fullerton community since 1922
Local camera store Fullerton Cameras announced in an Instagram post on December 9 that it will close after being open for 23 years. The news comes months after store owner Mike Rice passed away in September.
Mike’s current owner and wife, Marni Rice, has been trying to keep the store open since her husband passed away.
She explained her husband’s legacy and shared that he has worked in the camera industry for over 20 years. Mike Rice even worked for the Canon optical products company. He then opened his own camera store in Fullerton, initially called “Fullerton Used Cameras”. At the time, Mike Rice mainly sold used cameras, hence his name, but eventually started selling new cameras and other equipment in his store. The name of the store then changed to the name we know today.
Marni Rice shared more about what her husband means to the community. Mike Rice also donated to Make A Wish and helped local school students. The store meant not only a lot to Mike Rice, but also to their two daughters who frequently visited or helped in the store with Marni Rice.
“My husband regularly worked 14 hours a day, sometimes more, seven days a week. He loved her. It was her passion, ”she said.
Photographer Rebecca Zeller is saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Rice and the news from Fullerton Cameras. When she attended Fullerton High School in 2001, she frequently shopped in the store and even bought her first camera when it opened.
“The owner was really nice. He ran photo contests for local students in their first or second year when they opened. Mike was very involved in the community and tried to involve the kids in the photography, ”Zeller said.
Jeff Minton, professor of photography at Fullerton University, understands the reason for the store’s closure and thanked them for all the years they have been open. Running a small business is no easy task for anyone.
Minton often referred and sent photography students to purchase cameras and other essentials from Fullerton Cameras. He also mentioned that students at Cypress College also frequent the store for photo supplies and advice.
The loss of Mike Rice and the store closing made a real impact on the Fullerton and photography community.
“It was a community store. Many of the same customers would just go into the store to hang out and talk. I was so happy when it first opened, ”Minton said.
Filmmaker Daryl Hutchison first saw the store when he walked past it growing up. After entering the store for the first time, he often returned to buy and sell camera equipment.
Hutchison has fond memories of Mike Rice. The owner often offered him discounts for students and was always nice to him.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad interaction with Mike. He was always really cool and really helpful.
When Hutchison first saw Fullerton Cameras’ Instagram posts announcing the store’s plan to close, he was devastated.
“Fullerton Cameras was a staple for photography in Southern California, specifically Orange County. To get it out of the way, I wonder where people will get their cameras and film photography equipment.” , Hutchison said.
Fullerton Cameras is still open for a short time. They plan to close the store on December 12.