MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

September 25, 2013

Staples to close Muskogee store

By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— After about 15 years in Muskogee, Staples will close its office supply store, 2911 E. Shawnee Bypass, Saturday.

Local store officials confirmed the store’s closing this week, but deferred comment to the company’s corporate offices.

Corporate spokeswoman Kaitlyn Reardon said in an email she could not answer questions about the store’s closing, except to confirm it.

“We always evaluate our store performance to ensure we’re operating business in the best way,” Reardon said. “Staples has more than 1,500 stores throughout the United States to meet the needs of our customers.”

The Staples corporation had a decrease in sales for the second quarter of 2013, compared to the second quarter of 2012, according to a report filed with the Securities Exchange Commission. The report showed that Staples generated $5.31 billion in sales, a decrease of 2.2 percent.

Staples reported its second-quarter results were weaker than expected. As a result, the company is adjusting its sales and earnings outlook for the rest of the year.

“We now expect full year 2013 sales to decrease to in the low single-digits compared to 2012 sales on a 52-week basis of $23.9 billion,” the SEC report said.

Staples opened its 22,584-square-foot building on Shawnee Bypass in 1998, said Marilyn Storm, a clerk with the Muskogee County Assessor’s Office. The business had been a member of the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce since 1998, Chamber President Treasure McKenzie said.

According to a corporation website, Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second largest Internet retailer. The corporation operates stores throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Its headquarters are near Boston.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.