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Lifetouch Production Facility to Close in Chico

The Lifetouch Production Facility is closing its doors in Chico in November.

Posted: Feb. 6, 2019 4:39 PM
Updated: Feb. 7, 2019 12:52 PM

UPDATE 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 - Shutterfly Representative, Sondra Harding, clarified some details about the closure of a Lifetouch location in Chico. 

She said that the Lifetouch Prestige Studio on Marauder Street, which specializes in senior portraits, will remain open

The production facility located on Fair Street is the only location closing in November. 

Harding also said that the closure of the Fair Street location has no impact on the relationships the company has and services it provides to local schools.

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CHICO, Calif. - The largest family and school photography company in the country is closing up shop.

Action News Now spoke with some employees of the company today to get their reactions to the abrupt closure. 

Around 100 people work at Lifetouch's Chico location. 

Some employees told Action News Now that they were shocked and disappointed to hear the news. 

Shutterfly owns Lifetouch and reported mixed results in its most recent fourth quarter. Shutterfly now has a long-term plan to deliver savings starting in 2020. 

The plan includes closing the Chico and Chattanooga, TN., locations in the second half of 2019. 

Shutterfly told Action News Now that it's closing the Chico Lifetouch location to lower costs. 

An employee with Lifetouch spoke with Action News Now about their reaction but wanted to remain anonymous. 

"We're lucky we get a year's advance notice, but it's still, especially after the fires the employment, you know, likelihood around here is pretty low, especially for a nice job like this was," they said. 

Shutterfly President and CEO Christopher North is stepping down from his position in August of this 2019. 

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