A former manager of Xpedx paper store is betting, even as paper sales slow internationally, that there is still demand for a physical paper store in Colorado Springs.

Mark Weingartner opened Springs Paper at 2427 N. Academy Blvd. in May to meet that demand.

“I’m just trying to fill the void left by Xpedx,” Weingartner said.

Xpedx is a national paper store chain with a long history in Colorado Springs that shuttered its stores this spring in favor of offering most of its products online.

Springs Paper is the second paper store opened by a former Xpedx employee. Former Xpedx general manager opened The Paper Hive in March.

Weingartner said he’s not worried that he’s entering a struggling industry.

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“They have been predicting for years that we were going to have a paperless society,” Weingartner said. “Paper sales are down because of portable devices, but there is still plenty of need.”

Small businesses and real estate agents still need paper for their advertising and flyers, he said. And paper is still one of those things people want to see and feel in person before they invest in it. Wiengartner said Springs Paper carries wide varieties of papers in different weights and colors and made from different fibers.

Springs Paper will not offer printing services, just paper.

Weingartner said he’s reaching out to business owners and schools to announce the new business, which is located about two miles east of the former Xpedx location.