MYRTLE BEACH — After spending about 15 years in an office supply building on Broadway Street, Jack Thompson Studios is looking for a new home.
Studio owner Jack Thompson, who has photographed aspects of Myrtle Beach for more than 50 years, said the owners of the building, Herald Office Supply, are expanding into his studio’s space. He has until Nov. 1 to find a new location, he said.
“I have a 50-year photography museum and it’s not going to be an easy task to move,” he said. “Now I’m desperately trying to relocate. … Otherwise, I’ll have to pack it up and store it away. And I might just get them to box me up, too.”
Thompson, who said he learned his lease would not be renewed at the beginning of the month, said he’s had a few possible locations fall through, but was trying to remain positive.
“I’ve been doing this for 55 years,” he said. “This has given me a chance to reinvent and re-evaluate for the future.”
Thompson said he can’t imagine moving his photography studio to a part of the Grand Strand outside of Myrtle Beach.
“The Sun News editorial board flattered me last year by saying that I am Mr. Myrtle Beach,” he said. “I cannot leave Myrtle Beach. Unless I close. But I shudder at the thought of packing away the history of Myrtle Beach for an undetermined time.”
Thompson said there’s a chance that if it takes too long to find a new location he might not reopen the studio, though that would be a “sad scenario.”
“Nothing lasts forever,” he said. “I’ve been doing this all of my life and maybe it’s time for a change. Sometimes you need a nudge – or maybe a kick in the rear.”
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