Downtown welcomes a new name in office supplies

NORWICH Ė The business landscape of downtown Norwich has taken on a slightly new look as local consumers say goodbye to a longstanding company and hello to a new face.

After 25 years of serving the community from the heart of the city, Hayes Office Products, located at 6 E. Main St., has been acquired by Hummelís Office Plus, one the largest stationary and office supplies retailors in Central New York. The change was made official early Tuesday morning as the legal footwork of the acquisition wrapped up and a temporary Hummelís sign was hanged in the storefront window.

According to a media release from Hummelís Office Plus, the most noticeable change will be in the name alone. Hummelís will continue to operate from its current East Main Street location - renting commercial space from Chris Hayes, owner of Hayes Office Products - and keep all Hayes employees on staff, bringing the total number of Hummelís employees to nearly 100 people throughout the Central New York Region. Additionally, the company will continue servicing both retail customers and commercial delivery accounts, said a Hummelís spokesperson.

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