Court Street Office Supplies to Close in February

Brooklyn Paper reports that Court Street Office Supply, a “staple” of the neighborhood since 1982, will close on February 20th.

Owner, Jacob Gutman explained, “Our challenge has been the shift in how people purchase things these days,” he said. “Our decision to close the store has nothing to do with rent.” Instead, the almost forty year old family business will focus on their workspace-design aspect of the company. Gutman went on to say, “We set up custom workstations and configure spaces for all kinds of offices, medical practices, hospitality companies, you name it.”

So while the brick and mortar store will close, Court Street will continue to operate the office supplies, arts & crafts and toys business online.  Prices will be reduced from now until closing on February 20th.  So, stock up while you can!* This correspondent will miss the personal service and wide selection of items.

Court Street Office Supplies, 44 Court St. between Remsen and Joralemon streets in Downtown, (718) 625-5771,

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*Court Street Office Supply was featured in the 2002 Spielberg film, “Catch Me If You Can”

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  • TeddyNYC

    With the shift to online purchasing of office supplies and office supply store chains struggling/going out of business, I’m not surprised. I’m sure some offices on Court Street as well as some local residents will miss them. As for me, I rarely went there in recent years.

  • Teresa

    Ugh. Shop there often, and it was nice to know they were there for basic supplies unavailable anywhere else in the neighborhood. Another big loss of distinction, en route to complete generification.

  • Banet

    Not completely surprised but a real loss. There was always someone being rung up so there’s still a need for this type of store. Where do you get this stuff now?!?

  • Arch Stanton

    The trend towards the “paperless” office probably hurt them as well. Too bad, it was a great asset to the hood.

  • Jorale-man

    Between this and the loss of Cook’s Companion, not a good year so far for mom and pop businesses in the area.

  • Andrew Porter

    I’ve noticed in recent years that the “drug” stores like CVS, Walgreen’s, Rite-Aid, etc. have school and office supply sections with basic items.

    I wonder if the several steps up from sidewalk level were also a factor in limiting access.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I would think that, like my beloved Remsen Street Graphics, they were primarily a “cottage” business to the people working in the courts and government buildings across the street. To that end I’d also think their specialization would have been a boon, steps or not.

  • Someone

    Cook’s companion closed?

  • Banet

    Closing next month.

  • Stonebridge

    Say it isn’t so. I love this place. I will often shop here on purpose just to avoid the big box stores. They have a great selection of stuff, in a perfect-sized space that isn’t overwhelming. (Plus on occasion they’ve helped me translate a Yiddish word or two… where else will I find this combination of assistance?)

  • brooklynbull

    Recently got a passport photo done there – the photgrapher managed to get a really nice pic (not easy, given the dubject )
    Also got business cards several yrs ago – excellent service.

    The store will be missed,