they actually closed feb 28 2013
i don't think porters closed because the store was sold a few years ago ..
people's buying habits are different than they used to be ..
there are a few small photo shops near me but i can't afford to buy from them
( 65$ shipped vs 100$ ) if i were rich, maybe, but i'm not rich ...
Porter's had a mail order catalogue for years before the internet, and they sold many unique items. It seems they should have made the transition to e-commerce more easily than your typical local camera store. Unfortunate that they didn't manage it.