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Housing ripple effect: Copy Right shuts down

Copy Right, the print and copy store that has been in business on Maltman Drive in Grass Valley for many years, closed Monday as the ripples of the economic downturn continue to strike down local enterprises.

People in the store were packing boxes Monday, and a truck arrived to take the printing, binding and other equipment to Auburn Oaks Printing in Auburn, where owner Jim Fallbeck said he is consolidating his businesses and will continue to service local customers.

Though a small business, Copy Right’s closure follows several much larger businesses that have succumbed to the effects of the slow housing market. Broad Street Furnishings, Hedman Furniture and Jim Keil Chevrolet are some of the larger victims; restaurants and other retail stores also are feeling the pinch as consumers cut back on spending.

“It really is a ripple effect,” Fallbeck said. “We’re the third print and copy shop in Grass Valley in 18 months to have to close. Every printer I’ve talked to has seen a decline in business of 30 to 50 percent. We, too, have experienced that.”

Several of Copy Right’s biggest clients already have gone out of business, adding to the revenue decline the business has seen for about four years, Fallbeck added.

Longtime client Dwane Strawser, of Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop, said he learned of the closure when he dropped off a job earlier in the day, when an employee said she thought the store still could handle the work for him.

But at about 3:30 p.m. Monday, the employee called him back to pick up his materials: Trucks already had arrived to haul away the printers, the employee told Strawser.

“She said, ‘We’re all out of a job. … By tomorrow, there will be nothing left in the building,'” Strawser said.

None of the five employees ” some full-time and some part-time ” will be offered jobs in the Auburn print shop, Fallbeck said. A couple had not been informed of the coming closure, he added.

Jim Harrington started the business 32 years ago, but before dying of cancer two years ago, the family arranged to sell the business to Fallbeck, he said. A longtime manager continued to oversee the day-to-day operations, he added.

Staff Writer Laura Brown contributed to this report. To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail tkleist@theunion.com or call 477-4230.

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