InkPeace Alive and Well Despite Losing Lease

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InkPeace, Long Beach’s largest retailer of remanufactured ink and toner cartridges, closed its retail store in Bixby Knolls recently after its landlord, The Copy House, ceased business operations, according to Mark Hawkins, founder and CEO of InkPeace.

After the building’s owner delivered a new lease agreement, the offer was rescinded less than 24hours later after being advised that the building, located at 3636 Atlantic Ave., would be easier to lease or sell if it was vacant. InkPeace was given the weekend to clear out of the building. “We had no time to inform walk-in customers that the InkPeace store was closing since we were literally given the weekend to move out, a time when we are normally closed”, Hawkins said. InkPeace board of directors decided reopening a walk-in location would not be in the best interest at a time the company is expanding its focus on business, government, and education. “Coming out of the chute in 2008, our main objective was to educate our local community and schools on the importance of recycling cartridges and the fact that they could cut ink and toner expenditures in half”, Hawkins says. “We have accomplished that objective, and are pleased both the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Unified School District have initiated pilot programs that utilize remanufactured ink and toner cartridges.”

A pioneer in the dotcom era, Hawkins is not interested in online sales opting for face-face contact with the company’s clients. “Online ink and toner is predominately newly made compatibles from China and we aren’t interested in that.” InkPeace’s toner is remanufactured locally using empty cartridges, many sourced at local school fundraisers, according to Hawkins. InkPeace’s business office remains in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach and continues deliveries to clients, which include the home users who had frequented the neighborhood store, schools, businesses, and government. Orders can be placed by email and phone 7 days a week. Same-day deliveries are available Monday through Friday.

For additional information visit the InkPeace website,  contact Mark Hawkins, or 562-912-4657.

About InkPeace:
InkPeace, headquartered in Long Beach, California, is the city’s largest retailer of eco-friendly, remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. The company’s empty cartridge collection fundraising program with schools provide materials that are refurbished locally to produce a product that delivers the same quality print at up to half the price of major brand ink and toner for home users, schools, commercial businesses and public institutions.

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