More troops prompt printer to offer more services

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American Printing and Copying Inc. owner Justin Koback began offering shipping and packaging at his store at 2418 S. Academy Blvd. on Sept. 1.

American Printing and Copying Inc. owner Justin Koback began offering shipping and packaging at his store at 2418 S. Academy Blvd. on Sept. 1.

Justin Koback has been wrestling with the idea of expanding his printing and copying business for more than a year.

Since business at American Printing and Copying, on the city’s south side near Academy Boulevard and Astrozon Way, has performed well during the 21-month national recession, Koback thought about opening a second location.

Then another idea hit him: Why not expand his existing business instead.

Located less than three miles from Fort Carson’s Gate 4, Koback decided to begin offering shipping and packaging.

“We felt it was important to provide a service to the troops we know they could use,” Koback said. “One of our new allies, DHL, only offers shipping internationally, and since our troops are deployed across the world, that service benefits them.”

Koback said the expansion is really a second business, but one that is cost effective and provides better service to customers at one location.

“Because we have the employees and the building, the investment into shipping was minimal,” he said. “We simply set up alliances with FedEx, DHL, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service to offer their services. ”

Ed Koback launched American Printing and Copying Inc. during 1982 and sold the business to his son during 2007. The company has provided offset printing and color and black and white copying since its inception.

“Over the past three years we have steadily increased business,” Justin Koback said. “Even in the economy since 2008, we’ve held steady. We haven’t seen a gain in business, but we haven’t declined either.”

Local economists predict Fort Carson will grow by 6,500 troops during the next year. That thought weighed heavily on Koback’s decision to expand his current location, and he believes that businesses near the post are already experiencing the benefits of increased sales.

“It’s visible,” he said. “I think it’s revitalizing this end of the city. There has been a steady increase and now, as they continue to come back, I see the city gaining steam. Whether it be real estate or the printing market, retail markets are benefiting.”

Koback also hasn’t shelved the idea of opening a second store. His plan for the immediate future is to watch and learn.

“If all goes according to plan I expect to have a second store open probably during the third quarter of 2010,” he said. “The location is still in question, but I see that the Falcon community is growing and I still like the northern end of the city.”

Massage for the Cure

Massage Envy Ltd., a national therapeutic massage retailer, is launching a Massage for the Cure campaign on Sept. 15 at all 21 Massage Envy Front Range locations. On that day, Massage Envy will donate $10 of every $35 one-hour therapeutic massage session to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a global leader in the effort to end breast cancer.

Since the event’s inception during 2005, Massage Envy has raised more than $800,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

People interested in participating can make an appointment for a massage by calling (877) 330-ENVY (3689) or a local clinic, or by visiting www.massageenvy.com.

Scott Prater covers retail for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.