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Batteries Included

Batteries Included
Batteries Included
30 Mural Street
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B5
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Batteries Included was originally a calculator and personal computer store located in the Village by the Grange in Toronto by Alan and Robbie Krofchick. The store grew over the years and first moved to larger accomodation in the Village by the Grange and then moved to even larger quarters at 186 Queen Street West in early 1983. In 1985 they decided to close the retail operation and relocated to Richmond Hill. Various managers were hired in 1984 and 1985, including a President to run operations as they company grew--Michael Reichman.

In mid-1987 the company was in financial trouble and various assets of the company, including software publishing rights, were purchased by Electronic Arts. EA also purchased the "Batteries Included" trade name.

Paperclip was the company's flagship product. Paperclip was first released (by Batteries Included) for the Commodore PET in 1982. A version for the C64 was released in 1983. There were five version releases for the Commodore 64, labelled "64A" through "64E", released in 1985. Also in 1985, Paperclip II was released for the Commodore 128.

Paperclip III was introduced after Electronic Arts took over (under the "Batteries Included" banner) in the fall of 1987. It seems that Paperclip II (which was available on the Apple and Atari platforms as well) was discontinued. The older version of Paperclip for the C64 was continued as "Paperclip Classic" at a cheaper price.

Paperclip III continued to sell until at least 1991 (we believe). The company also produced other "Paperclip" programs such as Paperclip Publisher.