OfficeMax takes pilot concept to Windy City

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — OfficeMax is taking its new Business Solutions Center store concept to Chicago’s business-rich Streeterville neighborhood later this summer. The retailer opened its first center in Milwaukee back in April to test the pilot concept. 

The currently unoccupied street-level location at 550 St. Clair St. will give the retailer 3,900-sq.-ft. of retail space where it will be able to showcase business services, solutions and products to help local entrepreneurs grow their businesses. 

"We're delighted to finalize these plans for bringing our highly innovative 'store of the future' concept to our hometown of Chicago, to partner with local businesses and help them grow," said Ravi Saligram, president and CEO of OfficeMax. "Through this differentiated, multichannel model, a specialized Business Solutions Adviser will reside in-store, working alongside business customers to help them take their enterprises to the next level with robust services and solutions tailored to meet their individual business needs." 

"Through this relationship-based retail center, we want local businesses in our community to know that they don't have to go it alone,” said Michael Lewis, EVP and president of retail at OfficeMax. “Every step of the process — from formalizing your business to setting up your website and marketing — will be available through the OfficeMax Business Solutions Center."

The OfficeMax Business Solutions Center is designed to attend to the specific needs of local entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing them with tools and services, including enhanced technology support and a vast array of marketing, document and shipping services, to help them grow.

OfficeMax has a strong presence in the Chicagoland area, serving local businesses and consumers through an integrated sales and customer service team, and more than 40 stores and two distribution facilities in the immediate region. OfficeMax multinational headquarters are also located in the Chicago suburb of Naperville.

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