Ink-cartridge refilling company opens in the former CVS building

Company had targeted expansion in the Hagerstown area for this summer

August 03, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER |
  • Ines Zejcirovic straightens ink cartridges in the new Think reInk store in the former CVS building in downtown Hagerstown on Wednesday.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Hagerstown's front anchor tenant for its business incubator on West Washington Street opened for business Wednesday.

Think reInk, a Chambersburg, Pa.-based ink-cartridge refilling company, opened in the former CVS building at 60 W. Washington St. Wednesday, about 60 days after the company announced that it was coming to Hagerstown.

"It's pretty impressive to come together in that time frame," said Nathan Rotz, the company's president and chief executive officer.

The company had targeted expansion in the Hagerstown area for this summer, in time for back-to-school season, he said.

A division of Innernet Inc., Think reInk has been in business since 1998 and also has stores in Chambersburg and Waynesboro, Pa., he said.

The company refills about 142 types of cartridges, and in Hagerstown, will stock more than 200 other cartridges, Rotz said. In its warehouse, it has more than 4,000 products, he said.

The Hagerstown store is now open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Rotz said. It is closed on Sundays.

Think reInk is the storefront anchor for the city's business incubator to help advance growth downtown.

Once complete, the incubator will provide office space and common areas for new businesses, as well as provide assistance in management, accounting, and business and financial planning.  It will also have office space at the rear for additional paying tenants.

The city purchased the former CVS building in April using a combination of state grant money and city capital improvement funds.

It planned to use a combination of Community Development Block Grant funds and a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Enterprise Grant to renovate the building.

The city applied for the USDA grant earlier this year. That grant is still "in process," said John Lestitian, city director of community and economic development.

Renovations to the building's lobby and front retail space are complete, and the city will soon start on renovations to the facade, he said.

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