Office Depot to close 400 stores nationwide

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Office Depot is planning to close at least 400 U.S. stores after its merger with OfficeMax resulted in an overlap of retail locations that can be consolidated.

The office-supply retailer had 1,900 stores in the U.S. at the end of the first quarter, so the plans call for closing about 21 percent of them. Office Depot and OfficeMax Inc. completed their $1.2 billion deal last November.

Office Depot  has at least seven stores in the area, according to its website, including three locations in Indianapolis and single stores in Carmel, Anderson, Greenwood and Avon.

OfficeMax lists two stores in Indianapolis and two in Carmel on its website.

Office Depot said it has not quantified the number of jobs that will be affected by the store closures but that it will look to place its best talent impacted by the store closings into new roles, wherever possible.

Chairman and CEO Roland Smith said in a statement that one of the company’s goals this year was to improve its store footprint in North America to meet customer demand better and ensure that it’s well positioned in the markets it serves.

‘‘The overlapping retail footprint resulting from the merger provides us with a unique opportunity to consolidate and optimize our store portfolio, while maintaining the retail presence necessary to serve our customer,’’ Smith said.

Office Depot said Tuesday that it expects to close 150 U.S. stores this year, mostly in the fourth quarter. It closed 14 stores in the first quarter, a company spokeswoman said.

All of the store closures are anticipated to occur by the end of 2016.

The store closings are expected to result in at least $75 million in annual savings by 2016’s end and add to earnings starting next year.

Office Depot, which is based in Boca Raton, Florida, said that it’s still trying to determine expected working capital savings and costs related to the store closings.

The company also reported its first-quarter financial results on Tuesday, which include results from OfficeMax. The year-ago results do not include OfficeMax.

For the period ended March 29, Office Depot lost $109 million, or 21 cents per share. In the prior-year period it lost $17 million, or 6 cents per share. Removing merger-related expenses and other items, earnings were 7 cents per share.

Revenue climbed to $4.35 billion from $2.72 billion. Pro forma revenue for the year-ago period was $4.48 billion.

Analysts polled by FactSet predicted earnings of 3 cents per share on revenue of $4.27 billion.

Shares of Office Depot climbed 35 cents, or 8.4 percent, to $4.52 in premarket trading.


  • reply to Mikey
    I guess you get the Candy Crowley trophy. You spout off with something that is completely wrong, and then when confronted with the facts, instead of admitting that you were wrong, you just blow it off with a "so whatever." People like you disgust me. You don't even have the decency, or the courage, to admit that you were wrong. You are of weak character and unfortunately, you are far from alone.
  • my bad
    I couldn't remember which store Bain owned, oh well. still. private equity firms are horrible for the economy. and all those thousands of jobs made were low wage, so whatever
  • Fact Checking
    Bain Capital purchased Staples in 1986. Bain Capital has never had any ownership stake in either Office Depot or Office Max. Bain Capital purchased Staples and transformed it into a multi billion dollar company employing thousands of people.
    • @ Mikey Wrong
      Mikey, A quick search indicates Bain Capital is not a top 10 holder of this stock. Furthermore, a quick search will show Bain Capital was an investor in Staples but now they are not a top 10 holder of the stock. Your blanket statement about private equity is clearly uninformed and, in this situation, clearly wrong. Too many people pop off with random opinions, innuendo and hear se with little knowledge and then people wonder why the country is in a downward spiral.
    • Romney?
      wasn't this Bain Capital's company? our good ol' pal Romney said how great a company he made it???? looks like what is happening is what the norm is when a private equity firm takes control.

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