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Office-supply standby Arvey Paper set to close

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One of the city's most popular spots to buy paper and office supplies is scheduled to close next month as part of a nationwide consolidation by its parent company.

Arvey Paper & Office Products at 1021 Pennsylvania St. has served hundreds of small and medium-size businesses and organizations, including printing shops and churches, for more than 25 years.

The shop, which offers paper by the case, ream and sheet, along with office equipment and supplies, is slated to close at the end of April following a liquidation sale, said Scott Aldridge, the store's manager. The company also plans to put its building at Pennsylvania and 10th streets up for sale.

Arvey is part of the Xpedx chain of print shops, which are owned by Memphis-based International Paper Co. The chain has been shedding stores for about two years, from a peak of 140 locations.

Ultimately, 13 stores will remain open, including one in Park 100 along 86th Street on the city's northwest side, but the remaining shops will serve only larger customers who make orders of $350 or more.

Aldridge and the other six local Arvey employees are hopeful a local investor will buy the business, which Aldridge described as "healthy." The shop, which is open to the public, posts revenue of about $300,000 per month.

Small print shops could be first to feel the squeeze from the Arvey closure. Tight margins don't allow the shops to keep much paper in stock.

"A lot of people are worried where they're going to get their paper," said Jeanette Ray, office manager for locally based Triangle Printing Co. at Virginia and Lexington avenues. "Nowadays, everyone wants their jobs turned in a few days. It was easy to run down to Arvey and get what was needed. Now it may take a little longer."

Triangle has been using Millcraft Paper Co. on the east side for several months, anticipating the Arvey closure, said Ray, whose husband used to manage the Arvey paper shop.

Business customers aren't the only ones who will miss Arvey.

Catherine Flynn, a Woodruff Place resident who visits the shop every few months for office supplies, is trying to get the word out to help save the shop.

"You see businesses come and go but we would really miss Arvey's," Flynn said. "It's just so convenient, the people give you so much personal attention, and it's always busy."

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  • I'll Miss Arvey
    Arvey is a great resource for graphic designers and design students. Paper by the sheet is such a rare find but extremely helpful when creating mockups, testing print quality, or even scrapbooking.

    @Terry - Arvey isn't closing because it's failing; it's closing because its parent company is changing its business model. It's unfortunate that a healthy business has to shut down... I wish an investor would step up to the plate and keep it open!
  • Office supplies
    @ Cathy - I strictly sell supplies on a next day delivery option, we do not have a storefront that customers can come in and shop at. As I mentioned the storefronts are just not a profitable entity in our industry. I wish I could say yes I can help, but unfortunately I am the salesperson and have no power (or the money:)) to take on this type of task.

    @ Joel - I am sure that Arvey wishes that they could keep their doors open, but even with increased revenues their business model just does not work anymore. It doesnt sound like they are moving, rather closing their doors completely...
  • Office Supplies
    Why close? Arvey Paper is the main school and office supplies distributor in our place. If they are gone, then where are we going to have a supply. Please don't close or move, thanks.
  • Can you help ???
    Brian - just a thought - can you/your store help / vendor / in any way to this store ?
  • Where is the Bailout
    Why is it that a bailout was not offered to Arvey?
  • Say it ain't so
    This makes me sad. I LOVE Arvey's. I love just walking up and down the isles looking at all the cool office supplies. I, too, hope a local business person will buy it and keep it alive. Long live Arvey's!
  • Mobile
    Clever observation, next day delivery depot. With mobile phone technology enabling the business, that could work.
  • Sorry to see this
    We'll really miss them. We've been shopping there a long time.
  • We'll Miss Arvey!
    We are just a small local design firm but we've been using Arvey for over 13 years. It's always the first place we go when we need just about anything. We'll miss it for sure.
  • Say it ain't so!
    I've been going to Arvey for my 20 years of living in Indianapolis. As the owner of a side-business, doing invitations and other paper projects, this will be a hardship. Huge bummer!
  • Arveys a sign of the times...
    I have been in sales of office supplies to commercial clients for just over 7 years in the Indianapolis area. Arveys did have a nice business going based on what I heard in the marketplace, but just as the big boxes have experienced in the last several years the overhead associated with running a brick and mortar shop in this industry is close to impossible. The margins continue to erode due to increased competition, causing supply companies to lower prices to keep the buisiness they have. Arveys is a direct competitor for me, but I too hope a local investor can make an investment for this property and possibly add a next day delivery service for all products....that is the missing element of their current business model.
    • Oh no!
      I love Arvey's - the are the best for personal attention and helping me find and/or order whatever I need. It has been a happy place to shop!

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