Pioneer Trust Bank has been doing business with Cooke Stationery for as long as board co-chair Randy Compton can remember.

He has 45 years with the bank, and it once was his job to order office supplies.

“Good, old-fashioned, hometown service,” is how he describes what Cooke Stationery provides besides paper, pens, printer cartridges and forms.

Gretchen Crowson, a trust administrative officer in the real property department, now handles office supply orders for the bank.

“We do a lot of forms, trust deeds, warranty deeds,” Crowson said. “Oh no, where am I going to get those?”

Many local businesses, from banks and wood products companies to law firms and cell tower component providers, are scrambling to find a new source.

Cooke Stationery Company at 370 State St. prepares to close at the end of April.

Cooke Stationery will close its doors downtown on State Street — where it has served Salem-area customers for 88 years — at the end of April.

“It’s a shame because they’re so easy and knowledgeable,” said Michelle Masser, the office manager for Advanced Tower Components. “I can call looking for a thingamajigger, and if they don’t have it, they’ll get it for you and have it to you the next day.

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