The Stockroom, a family-owned and operated office supply store since 1986, will close at the end of the month when the president and co-owner of the company, Les Moskowitz, changes gears. It’s one of the last family-run office supply stores in Phoenix, said Les’ wife, Linda, The Stockroom’s vice president and co-owner.
“They called me ‘Mrs. Stockroom’ and they called Les ‘Mr. Stockroom,’” Linda said. “Thirty-three years is a very long time, and our customers have become family. When they come into the store, they know us by name; they know our children, and now our grandchildren. We know their families, too. It’s really been a neighborhood business.”
The Stockroom first opened on the corner of Seventh Street and Glendale Avenue then moved to its current location — 6201 N. Seventh St. — in 2000 for more space. In addition to selling office supplies to their commercial accounts, The Stockroom also managed office solutions, shipping services and a green office initiative.
The store had partnerships with several local organizations, including Congregation Or Tzion, the Bureau of Jewish Education, Jewish Free Loan and Habitat for Humanity.
“I am very proud of my husband, that he embraced the concept of tikkun olam,” Linda said. “He really helped other communities and organizations. Les is so philanthropic, it was unbelievable.”
Although the store and the six-day work weeks will be going away, Mr. Stockroom will still be working, managing commercial accounts for Office Products & Computer Supplies, a Mesa-based company. Some of his clients will be the same, and he’ll be able to make his own schedule, allowing him and Linda time to transition into retirement.
Although Linda and Les will still be around, The Stockroom will be missed. Many of the store’s long-time customers took to social networking site Nextdoor to give thanks and say farewell.
“It was just unbelievable that people posted about how much the store meant to them,” Linda said. “Just tremendously kind words and accolades.” JN