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NewsAlert:Blacks closing all 59 stores effective Aug. 8; 485 employees affected

TORONTO - Photography chain Blacks is closing all of its 59 stores in Canada as of Aug. 8.Parent company Telus says most of the stores are in Ontario and employ about 485 people.Telus says an unspecified number of those employees will be offered jobs at Telus or Koodo head offices, as well as at retail outlets or call centres, while others would be offered a "transition package."Telus (TSX:T) spokeswoman Luiza Staniec says despite financial improvements over the last year, the company has been unable to turn a profit because of technological innovations that have changed the way people take and share photos.More Coming.

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