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April 28, 2014

Staples in Austin to close, but Rochester may stay open

While there's no official word, it appears Rochester's Staples office supply store is dodging the ax that the company is using to close 225 stores nationwide by 2015.

Store_1317_1However, the Staples store in Austin is not as lucky. That store at 1702 17th St. N.W. put up a "Store Closing" sign this week, though no one is saying exactly when the doors will shut for good.

The Rochester Staples staff also were busy last week.

Employees were out in full force working on "re-setting" the whole store at 3839 Marketplace Drive N.W. in the Rochester Marketplace shopping center, moving shelving and displays to update the look of the store.

While that is a not a certain signal that the Rochester store will not go the way of the Austin store and the others being closed, a store clerk casually chatting with customers at the cash register put the situation into perspective.

"It seems like a good sign, having us do all of this work," he commented. "At least we're not putting up closing signs."

The Massachusetts-based company has not replied to multiple requests for information during the past few weeks about the status of the local stores.

Staples has operated the 23,942-square-foot store in Rochester, since Twin Cities-based Ryan Cos. built it in 2002 as part of the Rochester Marketplace development. The shopping center now is owned by Inland Commercial Real Estate.


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