December 10, 2005 in Business

Remodel is rollin’ for Xerox retailers

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A local company is transforming a neglected RV storage facility into a Xerox distributorship.

OfficeTECH Inc. purchased the 9,000-square-foot building at 6310 E. Sprague Ave. for about $500,000. The company will spend $300,000 renovating it, said B.K. Powell, who owns OfficeTECH Inc. with his wife and business partner, Julie Olsen.

Renovations include creating a demo center, retail showroom and offices for more than a dozen salespeople and staff, he said.

The eight-year-old authorized Xerox distributorship currently operates in a suite on Hutchinson Road. It’s among six branch agencies in Washington, Idaho and Alaska owned by the couple.

Olsen said the site, near the Sprague Avenue on-ramp to Interstate 90, offers good visibility, easy access and room to expand.

When renovations are complete, the complex will have a high-tech, futuristic look.

“We kind of want it to look like the Starship Enterprise when you walk in,” Powell said.

The retail showroom will include entry-level Xerox printers, copiers and fax machines along with supplies and ink cartridges for various systems.

A demonstration center will have commercial-quality equipment, including digital color systems used for high-resolution graphics in publishing and direct mail advertisements.

Powell expects OfficeTECH Inc. move to its new location in January.


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