Glamour Shots Opens 200th Store

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In 1988, Glamour Shots of Oklahoma City opened its first high fashion photography stores in Dallas and Houston.

On Tuesday, the company said it has now opened its 200th store and is projecting 450 stores nationwide by the end of 1995.

The 200th store was opened in Marin County, Calif., near San Francisco, by Brightstar Studios, which will have 13 stores in the San Francisco area by July with 250 employees.

In Oklahoma City, Glamour Shots has about 750 employees at two photography processing laboratories and an accounting center.

"The opening of our 200th store is a significant achievement for our corporation," said Jack Counts Jr., president of Glamour Shots Licensing and Candid Color Systems, the photography processing laboratory for the chain. "At our present rate of growth we could very well exceed our expansion projections for 1993, which includes an additional 85 stores by the end of the year."

Glamour Shots, which has stores in 36 states and Japan and Korea, is currently expanding into Canada and Mexico and has begun negotiations for the European market. There are three stores in Oklahoma at Penn Square Mall and Crossroads Mall in Oklahoma City and at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa.

Counts, who developed an interest in photography while a student at the University of Oklahoma, is president and owner of Candid Color Systems Inc., which is the trademark owner and licensor of both Party Pics and Glamour Shots High Fashion Photography.

Party Pics, a registered trademark, started when Counts employed photographers to photograph school parties. Candid Color Systems is the color photo finishing business he started in 1972 to process photographs for Party Pics.

By 1974, the company had a lab and headquarters at 1300 Metropolitan Ave. in Oklahoma City, and Party Pics had expanded its market from photographing only fraternity and sorority parties to photographing high school parties, marathons and races, graduations and other special events. …