Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce says it was surprised by how quickly the Jessops photo shops were closed down. Administrators for the company were called in last week, with all branches closing two days later.
Nearly 1,400 staff are losing their jobs, including those working at the company's head office in Leicester. John Willats reports.
Some 2000 jobs have been put at risk as camera chain Jessops became the first retail casualty of 2013, with store closures "inevitable".
Jessops looks set to become the first high street casualty of 2013 as the retailer is understood to be on the brink of administration.