A 50% off sale began Thursday, and Marie Durrett was one of the many shoppers looking for bargains at the store at 2560 Whiskey Road.
A post on Aiken Office Supply’s Facebook page announced the plan to close Wednesday night.
There were only a few open spaces in Aiken Office Supply’s parking lot, and inside, at times, there were long lines of customers waiting to pay for the merchandise that filled their arms.
Hallmark products, including Christmas ornaments, were available to purchase along with colorful socks, stuffed animals and numerous items for Clemson and University of South Carolina fans.
“I’m sad,” Durrett said. “I’ve been a fan of Aiken Office Supply since I moved here in 1989. This has been one of my go-to places for everything that I need.”
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Margaret Holley-Taylor founded Aiken Office Supply in 1965.
She purchased a bookstore in downtown Aiken and decided to expand the offerings by adding office supplies.
Aiken Office Supply continued to grow. A location in the Heritage Square shopping center, which no longer exists, was added. For a number of years, there also was a Patti’s Hallmark shop in the Aiken Mall that had close ties to Aiken Office Supply.
The current Aiken Office Supply store opened in 1995 and became the base for the business, which is known officially as Aiken Office Supply and Book Shop Inc. Holley-Taylor died in 2017 at the age of 82.
Investor preparing to open Aiken restaurant that serves Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean flair Several of her family’s members own Aiken Office Supply now. Patti Street, Holley-Taylor’s daughter, is the registered agent for the business, according to the South Carolina Secretary of State’s website.
The “main factor” in the decision to shut down Aiken Office Supply was “the inability to get merchandise” because of supply chain issues, Allen said. In addition, he continued, “our office furniture sales are down. We’re just not getting as many orders. The Site (Savannah River Site) isn’t ordering like they were.”
On Thursday, Patti told the Aiken Standard that she was too busy to talk, but Allen took a break from his work to answer some questions. Patti also is the president, said her husband, Allen Street, who plays an important role in Aiken Office Supply’s operation.