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Our Company History

In 1911, W.P. Crites and T.A. Riddell joined forces to create Crites & Riddell, a stationery company located on Craig Street in Old Montreal. Over the past century, they have kept up with technological innovations by offering a full range of printing services, furniture and office supplies.

T.A. Riddell took complete ownership of the company in 1939, when Mr. Crites passed away. With his wife Florence, who worked at the reception, whom he later married and their son Alexander, they saw the company through the difficult depression and war years. Together with an involved and committed team of employees, they have led a reputable family business into today's market.

As Crites & Riddell moved from Old Montreal, then to Mountain Street in the downtown core, and finally to its present location in Montreal-West, their employees remained their most valued asset. Families such as the Martins, where Edouard and his sons Fran├žois and Maurice worked alongside the Riddells for over 75 years, created unprecedented customer relations and ensured an unwavering management team.

From the beginning, W.P. Crites and T.A. Riddell's vision was to provide personalized customer service, and that has remained Crites & Riddell's source of pride. All those years of experience and their affiliation with Basics Office Group in 1984 have made their dream come true. Under the direction of Peter Lai, a managing partner since 1997, the new generation of employees keeps up the proud tradition of excellent service to the community.