goes to auction Sept. 8
Although the doors to Harpel s are still open, as owner Rick Harpel demonstrates Thursday, an auction of the photography business s equipment is scheduled Sept. 8 at 720 Quentin Road. (LEBANON DAILY NEWS EARL BRIGHTBILL)
is enjoying his
new job but that doesn't make selling his
family's business any easier.
Harpel, who accepted a position as vice president of marketing and business development with Lebanon Federal Credit Union in April, has decided to put all of the assets of his family's 121-year-old eponymous photography business on the auction block Sept. 8.
, which has operated in the city of Lebanon for most of its 121 years, has become a victim of changing technology and customer choices.
The Cedar Crest High School alumnus thought he
had a buyer for Harpel's
in April, but that deal fell through, and his
employees took over day-to-day operations, Harpel
said in an email.
continued managing the photography
Owner Rick Harpel speaks with Nathan Machamer of Myerstown, who is working on a print-to-print machine that will be offered for sale during a Sept. 8 auction of Harpel s equipment. (LEBANON DAILY NEWS EARL BRIGHTBILL)
"My employees were offered the financial deal and thought it was too much to undertake in this still-declining economy," Harpel
"Retail has changed dramatically, especially in the photography business as a whole.
People simply are not printing as much as they used to and keeping up with the ever-changing technology to print photographs has become amazingly expensive."
As a result, Harpel
decided the time has come to liquidate all of the business's assets, furniture, fixtures and equipment during an auction that will begin at the shop at 10 a.m. Sept. 8.
"We are currently setting up for the auction, which will include all backdrops
and 3-D sets from our portrait studio," Harpel
Retail counters, equipment and vehicles under the Harpel's Inc.
cover will also be included, along with framing department and photo lab equipment and supplies.
All items for sale are listed at the website www.fortnaauctioneers.com under Harpel's Auction 9/8/2011.
will hold and maintain negatives, digital files and CDs on file for future uses as deemed fit, Harpel