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Office Depot adds more coworking spaces

BY Marianne Wilson

Office Depot is expanding its coworking pilot as it continues to emphasize its business services offerings.

The company announced the opening of two new Workonomy Hub coworking spaces, at its Lake Zurich, Illinois, and Irving, Texas, retail stores. Office Depot debuted the concept last August, at its store in Los Gatos, California.

The dedicated coworking space at Office Depot offers a range of options, from private offices and conference rooms to dedicated desks and daily drop-ins, along with several membership plans. Customers have access to mailing, shipping, marketing, printing, concierge services, tech support and more. Members also receive exclusive access to events, speaking engagements and other networking opportunities hosted at the space.

“Coworking spaces are a natural extension of our retail stores and are the latest example of our company’s transformation from a traditional office products retailer to a broader business services and solutions provider,” said Kevin Moffitt, executive VP, chief retail officer for Office Depot. “Office Depot remains dedicated to providing small- to medium-sized business customers with the products and services they need to run and grow their businesses from affordable private and shared workspaces to office and technology supplies to on-site IT support.”

Office Depot rival Staples currently has three in-store coworking spaces, which it opened it partnership with Workbar some two years ago. In February, Staples announced it was parting ways with the coworking company and would unveil a new coworking concept, called Staples Studio, in the three existing locations in May and June.

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