Copy depot changes hands, not service
May 31, 2006
The Copy Depot, a Park City staple for the last 13 years, changed hands last Friday. Allen and Pam Woll bought the business from Hubie and Chris Rosch for an undisclosed amount.
"It wasn’t enough to retire on but enough to pay our bills," Hubie said.
The Roschs have lived in Park City for 19 years, 13 of which they owned and operated the Copy Depot.
"We sold the business to Allen to Pam and they are 8-year Park City residents, so it will still be a family-oriented, mom-and-pop store," Hubie said. "But for us it was time. We’re approaching 60 years old and we were all thinking of making the move to do something different."
The Copy Depot started in early 1993 as two copy machines that the Roschs had inside Park City Office supply. After nine months, they opened a store on Bonanza Drive, which remained open for 10 years. They moved to the current location less than two years ago.
"We grew from it being just my wife and me 13 years ago," Hubie said. " It was just the two of us and now there’s 13 or 14 employees."
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The Roschs will stay at the Copy Depot for the next two months to help the Wolls learn their way around. Then, Hubie said, their future is wide open.
"We’ll plan something," he said. "I’ve always been an entrepreneur, so we’ll probably look at starting something on our own again. We’re going to take some time off and do some traveling and then decide what to do for the rest of our lives."
Despite being the face of a local business for the last 13 years, it’s Via the Roschs’ dog who they expect will be the most missed.
"For the last two years our dog has been a fixture of the store," Hubie said. "She’s probably the most upset because she doesn’t have any place to go anymore. But I think people will miss her more than they’ll miss us."
The Wolls, who also own and operate Positive Incentives in Park City, plan to continue to offer the same services at the Copy Depot as in the past, but also add a new dimension to the business.
"We believe that this isn’t just a copy center. The synergies are really strong with a Positive Incentives," Allen said. "I think you’ll see wearables and promotional items available in the store, you’ll see catalogs. It will make it so people can come in to get copies and see that they can get new uniforms for their employees at the same place."
The Wolls both have experience in printing, and said that although their two businesses will remain separate in entity, both will benefit from the other.
"We’re excited about it," Allen said. "It’ll be a good thing for the store, a good thing for us, a good thing for the community."
Positive Incentives, which sells imprinted promotional items, will operate both out of the Wolls’ home and from where the Copy Depot is currently located.
"I think it gives my business more of a storefront. You can get anything with a logo on it items for trade shows, golf tournaments, any sort of fundraisers, in office supplies, all sorts of things."
The sale, which was effective Friday afternoon, put the Copy Depot immediately in the Wolls’ hands, not giving a lot of time to allow for any sort of learning curve, Pam said.
"It’s great, but there’s a lot to learn. It’s just kind of overwhelming right now."