Archive for May, 2015

Article from the Pearland Journal

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

We got a shout out from a local newspaper about our 65th Anniversary!

By Stacey Glaesmann

City Office Supply, located at 4202 Telephone Rd., is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year.

The family-owned and operated dealership has been under the third-generation leadership of brother and sister Michael McCain of Pearland and Colleen Gingrich of Clear Lake since January 2014, when their mother, Laura Phipps-McCain Tant, retired.

City Office Supply was established in 1950 by Tant’s parents, Reese and Betty Phipps, using some of their savings and the proceeds from the sale of a litter of purebred boxer puppies. Talk about creative financing!

Tant started with the company in 1973 and became president in 1976 following the death of her father.

Over her four decades with the company, Tant overcame many changes and challenges in the industry, guiding City Office Supply to become one of the most experienced and well-respected, women-owned office product companies in the region.

The dealership is still located on the original site on Telephone Rd., where it has taken a strong leadership position in the area’s “Shop Local” campaigns.

The dealership still is a very active supporter of numerous local chambers of commerce, including Pearland and Pasadena, as well as community organizations, donating generously to charities such as local food banks and homeless shelters, while always supporting Little League teams and various schools, churches and other non-profits requesting assistance.

According to Gingrich, things have been challenging and the competition is tough. However, increased social media and online presence, purchasing strength from national buying groups combined with an expanded product mix has helped keep sales moving in the right direction.

Congratulations to City Office Supply on 65 years of family-owned, locally supported business!

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