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Staples Store Closing Doors June 29

The closing of the Barrington Shopping Plaza store is one of more than 40 Staples stores to be shuttered by the end of this month.

It won't be as easy to get office supplies in Barrington soon.

The Staples office supplies store in the Barrington Shopping Plaza is closing in 12 days.

Saturday, June 29 will be the final day of business for the store – one of 30 stores being shut down by the Framingham, Mass., based retailer.

The store’s employees are being offered jobs in other stores, according to Jeremy Tobin, Barrington store manager. Much of the store’s inventory is being offered at clearance prices.

Staples announced last September that it would be closing stores all across the U.S. It is the largest office supplier in the U.S. and the second largest online retailer behind Amazon.com. The store closings are designed to concentrate on its online retail operation, according to Staples.

 “We are focusing on our biggest opportunities, aligning our organization to address the needs of our customers, and reducing exposure to our weakest businesses,” said Ron Sargent, Staples’ CEO, in a new release last fall. “This puts us in a much stronger position to drive long-term sales and earnings growth.” 

Staples said also that it will reduce the size of some of its North American stores, close 45 stores and offices in Europe, and shake up its leadership team. The decision to restructure the company followed significant decreases in sales.

Beverly A. Romano June 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Sad to hear Staples in Barrington is closing but not a huge surprise. The expenses of keeping such a large store open obviously outweigh incoming sales. It's still happening everywhere. They say things are getting better. Guess that's true---probably because stores and employee numbers have al been cut in half in order to dig out and look green rather than red. That's the bottom line.
PatchReader June 17, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I really think this has more to do with location than anything else. I doubt you get the customer numbers from Warren/Barrington to maintain a store this size. It might offer some opportunity to the bookstore to expand its offerings to more office supplies.

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