History

In 1946 Carl Covey returned from wartime service and started his stationery store on Carleton Street, downtown Fredericton.  Since then Covey’s has become a respected name in New Brunswick. 

Mr. Covey’s aim was to provide quality service, competitive prices and honest, dependable business practices.  Years later we are still a Fredericton –owned and managed company.  Although the business has grown considerably, the original intent has never changed.

Upon his retirement in 1974, Mr. Covey sold the business to Gwen and Jim McMullin of Fredericton.  Their plans were to provide controlled and steady growth while still retaining the personal touch for which Covey’s was renowned.  In 1991, the business was sold to 3 long term employees, David McMullin, Dean Morgan and Stuart Blair.

Over the years we have marketed under different names but our level of commitment to the customer has stayed the same.  We started as Covey the Stationer; we then changed to our official name Covey Office Group Inc. to better reflect the different divisions of our company.  When we joined Basics Office Products we decided to use the name Covey Basics for marketing.

The little original store on Carleton Street is long gone; Covey’s now consists of our retail store, Print and Design Center and showroom on Prospect Street and our Corporate Office and Distribution Center on Alison Blvd. In March of 2010 we merged with Carleton Office Supplies a well respected office supply company in Woodstock New Brunswick, with a location in Moncton.

For over 60 years Covey Basics has been Fredericton and area’s choice for office products, supplies, and office furniture.  Likewise Carleton Office Supply has been serving the Carleton County area for over 30 years with office supplies, office furniture and Toshiba business machines.  Combined with Carleton’s locations in Moncton and Woodstock, the Covey Carleton Team will be able to serve your office products needs no matter where in New Brunswick your business is located.  With four great locations and next day delivery service we will never be far away.    Two great companies – one great service!

We constantly strive to retain our reputation as one of the most respected companies in New Brunswick. Covey Basics though expanded and able to offer to a wider range of services, still operates under Carl Covey’s original commitment.  It is to give our customers friendly, reliable and efficient service. 

covey_BEAWe are proud to be an owner of Basics, the largest Canadian owned Office Supplier in our industry.  Our membership in this organization provides us with the purchasing power of a large national organization, but still permits us to operate as a locally owned and operated company. 

In our effort to ensure consistent and quality service to our customers, Covey Basics is an ISO9001:2008 registered company in our Fredericton locations.  Our goal this fall is to have all our locations ISO registered.

Covey Basics was honored to receive the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award in the large business category. Our ever popular Office Products Expo received the Dealer Award of Excellence from the Canadian Office Products Association.

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