Quick Copy to close March 31

 

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

A staple of the Richmond County printing industry is set to close March 31 after more than 36 years in business.

John Grubb confirmed Wednesday to The Pee Dee Post that the two full-time employees at Quick Copy / Print Shop were told on Tuesday of the decision to close. Grubb is managing partner with the Salisbury-based company and said the two workers would not be reassigned within the company.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Quick Copy / Print Shop will close its Rockingham location on March 31.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Quick Copy / Print Shop will close its Rockingham location on March 31.

Grubb said the company would try to help the employees, who have a combined seven years’ of experience with the company, transition to whatever comes next for them. The Rockingham storefront is located at 617 E. Broad Ave.

“The last thing Rockingham needs right now is two more people searching for employment,” Grubb said in a phone interview. “We have really tried very hard to do business in Rockingham. We’ve actually been taking a loss for a very long time, trying to hold on.”

There are certain aspects of the printing business, such as printing blueprints, that Quick Copy is uniquely able to serve in Richmond County. Grubb said he plans to retain as much of the business as he can by transferring the print and copy projects to Salisbury. The projects could then be shipped via UPS or, Grubb said, delivered by van once a week.

“It depends on how much volume we’re able to keep,” Grubb said. “Thirty-six years is a long time to be down there. It’s just very sad for us.”

Business has struggled for some time, Grubb said. When he joined the company 11 years ago, the Rockingham location boasted a staff of five workers. Efforts were made to keep prices low and volume high, and some projects were printed in Salisbury and returned to Rockingham. That didn’t please everyone.

“They didn’t like that,” Grubb said. “They actually canceled the order.”

But customers’ loyalty to a locally owned business goes only so far. Many customers, Grubb said, seek the best deals through online vendors — which is good for the customer but bad for the local economy.

Quick Copy / Print Shop aims to keep customers who already use its website to place orders to continue doing so. In a letter mailed to customers, Grubb and Robert R. Bailey, company president, note that ‘many of you already use our website (www.quick-copy.com) to conduct business and send files to us. We are currently in the process of upgrading our website with many new and exciting features. It shouldn’t be too much longer before we flip the switch; however, the current version is fully functional and should serve your needs very well.”

Quick Copy / Print Shop began in Salisbury in 1973. That store, Grubb said, will remain open and fully operational.

 

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  • momatad

    Here’s the $64k question: ‘What is LEFT open in Rockingham anymore?”

  • Sandra Allen Elliott

    oh no! Where will I be able to get my copies? Can’t always get a 11 x 17″ copy just anywhere.

  • Jay Hudson

    They will surely be missed. I had copies printed there.

  • Leon Paul

    As a former employee of Quick Copy, it’s sad to hear that they will be closing, but am thankful for the skills learned there. Quick Copy provided me with the knowledge I needed to start my own print business in Rockingham.

  • dean lawrence

    Luap Studios on Mill Rd.do all our Color work up to 11×17 , flyers ,carbonless forms, even Posters . their # is 817-9893

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