Apple Valley Office Products sell to Just Tech
By ONOFRIO CASTIGLIA
The Winchester Star
WINCHESTER — Apple Valley Office Products has been sold to La Plata, Md.-based Just Tech.
Located at 220 E. Cork St., Apple Valley Office Products was founded 33 years ago by Gary Chrisman.
“ I’m old,” the 67- year- old said, laughing.
Though Chrisman has sold the business, he will continue working there as a sales manager.
“I will not have to do all the other tasks of running a business,” he said. “ I can just go out and focus on customers.”
Chrisman, who was Winchester mayor and president of City Council from 1992 to 1996, started Apple Valley Office Products, which is a Xerox agent, the year his son, Eric, was born. The two will continue working at the store, serving their customers as they always have, Chrisman said.
“We’re part of a much larger organization now.” Just Tech is an 11-year-old company with locations in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. It employs 35 people and provides print solutions, network and information technology (IT) solutions and custom Xerox app solutions.
Chrisman said he still owns Apple Valley Office Product’s 2,627-squarefoot building, which is being leased to Just Tech.
Joshua Justice, 36, of Alexandria, is owner and founder of Just Tech. He said a Winchester location fit with his company’s expansion plans. Just Tech recently opened a location in Huntington, W.Va., near the Ohio and Kentucky borders. Acquisitions in Winchester and Staunton are meant to “fill in the gap,” he Justice said.
He noted that Just Tech offers managed IT to small businesses, nonprofit groups and religious organizations for about 10 percent of the cost of a full-time IT person.
“ I plan to be in Winchester for many, many years,” Justice said.
Chrisman said he’s ready to start winding down, but at the same time he’s “ not ready to retire.” But when the time comes, he wants to be able to do it easily. “If you own a business, it’s hard to get out of it.”
Chrisman said he’s grateful for the “ wonderful experience” he has had working in the city and serving in local government and he looks forward to the years to come.
“I’m still here, still going.”
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Gary Chrisman (left) and Joshua Justice pose in front of Apple Valley Office Products, now Just Tech on Cork Street on Tuesday. Chrisman started the business in 1984 and it was recently acquired by Justice, president of Just Tech. Chrisman will stay on at Just Tech as manager of sales.
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