DALLAS and WOODSTOCK, Ga., Oct. 2 -- Kinko's today reaches a new milestone with the grand opening of its 1,200th location in Woodstock, Ga. Located in fast growing Cherokee County, the new store is Kinko's 25th in the greater Atlanta area and one of 30 new U.S. branches opened so far this year. This new branch will help support the many consumers, commercial customers and mobile professionals who use Kinko's locations for their document solutions needs.
"Kinko's started as a 'corner copy shop' with a single, tiny location and a few products and services more than 30 years ago," said Gary Kusin, president and chief executive officer of Kinko's. "Today, Kinko's is a digitally connected network of 1,200 company-owned locations and counting. Each Kinko's meets customers' business and personal document needs -- consistently and conveniently -- with greatly expanded services ranging from document outsourcing solutions for the Fortune 500 to printing digital photos of a memorable occasion."
Kinko's executives and local officials will celebrate the Woodstock, Ga. location opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and customer appreciation rewards. As part of the celebration, Kinko's will donate $1,200 in products and services to the Cherokee County School District. The Woodstock, Ga. Kinko's will also offer 1,200 hours of special grand opening discounts on qualifying customer purchases until November 21, 2003.
"As a growing community with a strong business base, it seemed very fitting for Kinko's to open a branch in Cherokee County," said Abur Lyons, branch manager of the Woodstock, Ga. location. "From the mayor of Woodstock to the chairman of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Kinko's has received tremendous support of this milestone store's opening."
Kinko's Then & Now
Kinko's started in 1970, when founder Paul Orfalea opened his first photocopy shop in Isla Vista, Calif., the campus community of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Based on a nickname given to him by school friends because of his curly, reddish hair, Orfalea named the store "Kinko's." The store was located in the corner of a building that also housed a taco stand and featured a single copier, an offset printing press, film processing and a small selection of stationery and school supplies.
Since its humble beginnings as a 100 square foot store, Kinko's has expanded to 1,200 company-owned branches in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, China and Great Britain. The company plans to open approximately 10 additional locations by the end of 2003.
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