Office Depot opening more coworking spaces

Office Depot is diving deeper into in-store coworking spaces in a move that reflects its ongoing emphasis on business services.

The company is opening five new Workonomy Hub coworking spaces this week, in the Houston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, and Orlando markets. Later this summer, a space will open in Tigard, Oregon, giving Office Depot a total of nine coworking spaces.

Workonomy Hub spaces, which average about 5,500 sq. ft., are integrated into Office Depot’s existing store locations and offer an array of professional products and services targeted to small business owners, entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers, and startups. Customers can sign up just for the day or for a monthly membership.

All Workonomy Hub customers have access to high-speed internet, complimentary refreshments, concierge services, and convenient app-based booking. In addition, they have access to onsite tech support, printing, mailing and shipping services, office supplies and more. There are a variety of coworking options, including desks, private offices, conference rooms, and event spaces.

“Technology has dramatically changed the way people conduct business today and Office Depot is uniquely positioned to leverage our internal assets, retail space, and omnichannel platform to help our customers succeed in their professional endeavors,” said Gerry Smith, CEO, Office Depot. “Our coworking spaces provide professionals with the working space and tools they need to run their businesses efficiently, in a way that is both convenient and cost-effective.”

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.