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    Staples Retail
    Stores Open For Business In Chicagoland

    Mavis Staples Welcomes Company To Chicago; Bears and Cubs Deals Announced at
    Preview Party Honoring Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

    Staples, Inc., the world’s largest office products
    company, will be welcomed to Chicago tonight by who else — legendary blues
    artist Mavis Staples.

    The recent Grammy
    Lifetime Achievement Award winner will entertain Chicago business leaders and
    community officials when Staples previews its new store in the historic Garland
    building at Washington Street and Wabash Boulevard. Celebrations continue
    throughout the week at stores in Schaumburg, Mundelein and Tinley Park and
    culminate with all eight new Staples stores hosting daylong grand opening
    celebrations this Saturday, March 12 — with one-time offers such as Bic(R) pens
    for a penny; a ream of Staples paper for 94 cents; a 128MB travel storage device
    for $3.94; and a $29.98 all-in-one machine. The new stores, which also include
    locations at North and Cicero, Elston and Fullerton, Elk Grove Village and Villa
    Park, are the first of more than 20 that will open throughout Chicagoland in

    “Our message to Chicago
    business is ‘we are here to make it easy,’ said Mike Miles, chief operating
    officer for Staples. “The time is right for a market leader like Staples to
    bring Chicago’s thriving small business community and home office consumers a
    new and innovative shopping experience.”

    expects to add more than 1,000 new jobs across Chicagoland as the company builds
    out its retail and delivery operations. Chicagoland residents will be the first
    in the country to shop at Staples stores that feature a convergence of numerous
    design and service enhancements to the company’s signature 20,000 square foot
    Dover design.

    For the
    first time, Staples stores will feature free WiFi access, the ability to submit
    copy orders via email, and Easy Mobile Technicians to make house calls and
    office visits. Staples Easy Rebates, which puts the entire rebate process
    on-line; free delivery on all orders from http://www.staples.com and Staples catalog;
    and, a full-service UPS ship center round-out the portfolio of services designed
    to make the shopping experience easy.

    was the first in the office products industry to offer an Ink & Toner
    Cartridge Guarantee – promising ink and toner cartridges will be in stock in
    stores, Staples catalog or online. Chicagoland stores also feature Staples.com
    kiosks to provide direct access to additional product SKUs and product-specific
    information, allowing customers to make online purchases in the store with free

    retail stores carry thousands of brand name office products, as well as high
    quality Staples branded products. Staples Copy & Print Centers are full
    service centers offering standard, commercial-grade, high-speed, color copying
    and self-serving copiers. Customers can also take advantage of additional
    savings with the Staples Rewards Card, which tracks in-store, catalog and online
    purchases and provides quarterly Rewards Checks.

    has a robust small business community and a five billion dollar office products
    market,” added Miles. “We think offering our customers the convenience of
    shopping by phone or on the Internet with free delivery — and now via stores,
    provides the flexibility and convenience that will help make shopping easy.”

    and the Community

    At the
    company’s Preview Party tonight, Staples will announce a $25,000 donation to
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago to enhance the Power Hour after school study
    program. Miles will unveil the winning artwork from the “What Chicago Means to
    Me” art contest, which will be featured on commemorative grand opening canvas
    tote bags. The store at 111 North Wabash will also be dedicated to Dr.
    Christopher Reed, a professor of history at Roosevelt University and a tireless
    advocate for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boys & Girls Club for the last
    thirty years.

    Staples store will team up with a charitable organization in their neighborhood
    and each store will be dedicated to a community hero.

    charitable organizations that Staples stores will support include:

    Reading in Motion (North and Cicero location)

    – Jobs
    for Youth Chicago (Elston and Fullerton location)

    – The
    Giving Trust (Schaumburg location)

    – OMNI
    Youth Services (Mundelein location)

    – Earth
    Force (Tinley Park location)

    Community Character Coalition (Elk Grove Village location)

    Character Coalition (Villa Park location)

    “We are
    acutely aware that our future success in Chicago is directly linked to the well
    being of the communities we serve. So we aren’t simply opening stores in
    Chicago, we are forging meaningful relationships,” added Miles.

    Announces Bears and Cubs Sponsorship

    Chicago debut also includes an announcement of a multi-year Hall of Fame
    partnership with the Chicago Bears. The Hall of Fame partnership is the highest
    level Bears sponsorship available and includes exclusivity in the office
    products category.

    will receive prominent positioning within Soldier Field, including exclusive
    sponsorship of the mezzanine level of the stadium and the Bears Ring of Honor.
    Staples will also become the title sponsor of Bears Training Camp.

    has also reached a sponsorship agreement with the Chicago Cubs which includes
    tickets and signage at Wrigley Field.

    portfolio of retail locations will supplement the company’s existing contract
    and delivery business providing Chicagoans with three ways to shop. Staples
    currently has more than 10,000 active delivery customers in Chicago, many of
    whom are Fortune 1000 companies that have been purchasing office products from
    the company since 1993.

    For all
    Chicago Staples locations and to learn more about Staples, or the opening
    weekend activities, visit http://www.staples/chicagoland.com.


    Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world’s
    largest office products company. With 65,000 talented associates, the company is
    committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including
    supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2004 sales of $14.4
    billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based
    businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries throughout North and South
    America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates
    approximately 1,680 office superstores and also serves its customers through
    mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses