Lifetouch to close Chattanooga operations, with shutdown of Bonny Oaks facility to cost 150 jobs

A sign outside of Lifetouch's Chattanooga location on Preservation Drive in Bonny Oaks Industrial Park can be seen in this April 1, 2019 photo. / Staff photo by Kim Sebring

California-based Shutterfly Inc. on Tuesday unveiled plans to close the Chattanooga operations of Lifetouch, which eight years ago bought Chattanooga's iconic Olan Mills photography business.

Lifetouch, one of the nation's biggest school portrait photography companies, currently has about 150 full-time employees at its Chattanooga operation located on Preservation Drive in Bonny Oaks Industrial Park, said Shutterfly spokeswoman Sondra Harding.

Online retailer Shutterfly, which creates photo books and personalized photo cards and stationery, plans to close its Chattanooga facility in the second half of this year, according to the company.

Harding said Lifetouch also has 61 seasonal employees on its Chattanooga roster though they're not active at this time.

In April 2018, Shutterfly paid $825 million for Minnesota-based Lifetouch.

Olan Mills was one of Chattanooga's most recognizable companies when it was purchased by privately held Lifetouch in late 2011 for an undisclosed amount.