November 17, 2021

Wolfe’s Camera Shop going out of business, starts liquidation sale

Staff at Wolfe’s Camera Shop in downtown Topeka were swamped Tuesday, as the store began its liquidation sale ahead of an imminent closure.

DeWitt Harkness, president of Wolfe’s, said the store doesn’t yet have a firm closing date, but he is certain the longtime Topeka staple won’t be open past the end of July.

“I’m guessing (we’ll be open) pretty much for the month of June,” Harkness said. “The way things are going today, (inventory) probably isn’t going to last that long.”

Wolfe’s announced late last week it would be closing this year after 97 years in business.

Harold B. Wolfe, who was the uncle of current owner Mike Worswick, started the Topeka business in 1924, and it has been a staple of the city’s downtown ever since.

“Mike’s my brother-in-law; he’s my business partner,” Harkness said. “We’ve done this since we were much, much younger men, and at some point, it’s just time (to…

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