The Campus Copy Center at 3731 Walnut St. will close its doors on Wednesday as its lease expires. The printing service supplier will shift all of its operations to its main location at 39th and Walnut streets.
Notices were posted on the front window of the store over the weekend, advising customers that the store would shut down and directing them to the 39th Street branch.
The 37th Street store offers only shipping services and sees much less traffic than the main office, owner Ron Shapiro said. Campus Copy Center makes “more copies in one day at the 39th Street store than in two months in the 37th Street store,” he said. “We just have a lot more, quicker equipment there.”
All of the shipping services are also available at the main location, meaning that there will be no lapse in services offered by the company after Wednesday.
The 37th Street store was originally opened so Campus Copy could add shipping to the services it offers. Later, Shapiro said, the main location also added shipping, making the second store obsolete.
“Right now, we’re our own competition,” Shapiro said.
Shapiro decided about three years ago to close the store, but waited for the lease — which was signed 15 years ago by his father — to expire. He owns the property at 39th and Walnut.
Campus Copy was established in 1959 and offers printing, copying and signage services. Some professors also order course packets with class reading through the store, a service that has always been offered exclusively at the main location near 39th Street.
“We’ve always appreciated everyone’s patronage,” Shapiro said.
Staff writers Fola Onifade and Harry Cooperman contributed reporting.
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