FRAMINGHAM – After ending a partnership with co-working business Workbar earlier this year, Staples will launch its own take on the popular concept.
Last week, the company announced the launch of Staples Studio which is now open at three locations: Brighton, Danvers and Norwood.
“Staples has evolved alongside our customers from a place intended for simply purchasing supplies to an environment designed to help small businesses flourish through community and solutions,” said Mike Motz, CEO, Staples U.S. Retail, in a statement.
The move comes after the national officer supply rebranded to shift from being “The Office Superstore” to “The Worklife Fulfillment Company” with the launch of five new product brands aimed to help customers create thriving workplaces, according to the company.
“We have thoughtfully designed Staples Studio to be an ecosystem of resources for businesses in a connected environment that will allow our coworking members to focus on what they do best.” Staples and Workbar announced its separation in February.
“The co-working program from Workbar that we made available to Staples customers in-store provided good learnings for both of our organizations, as well as a differentiated solution for businesses,” said Staples Chief Merchandising Officer, Peter Scala, in a press release.
“We look forward to building upon our current platform by integrating coworking into a broader range of small business service offerings, including onsite legal, marketing and human resources consultation, among other features.” In 2017, Staples sold for $6.9 billion to private equity firm Sycamore Partners, after failed efforts to buy competitor Office Depot.