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Office Depot to Celebrate Grand Re-Opening of 13 Stores in Houston, Texas, with Special Appearance by NASCAR® Star Tony Stewart

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Feature Chamber of Commerce Representatives, Dignitaries and Donations by the Office Depot Foundation to Local Non-Profit Organizations

Monday, March 26, 2012 9:00 am EDT

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HOUSTON

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ODP
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"It’s really great to be a part of this ribbon-cutting celebration for 13 newly remodeled Office Depot stores in the Houston area"

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services that helps customers save time, today announced a ribbon-cutting celebration to commemorate its 13 newly remodeled stores in the Houston area. The celebration will take place on Wednesday, March 28 at 3:45 p.m. CDT at the Office Depot store #663 on 10311 Highway 45 North in Houston and will feature a special appearance by three-time and reigning NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ champion, Tony Stewart.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Stewart will assist the Office Depot Foundation with check presentations and donations of new children’s sackpacks to three local non-profit organizations: Child Advocates, the Education Foundation of Harris County and Houston Food Bank.

Stewart, who drives the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Impala in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, will also hold an autograph session for 300 fans during the special event.1 A replica of Stewart’s No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 show car will be on display in the store’s parking lot, along with racing simulators for fans to enjoy.

“It’s really great to be a part of this ribbon-cutting celebration for 13 newly remodeled Office Depot stores in the Houston area,” said Stewart. “Office Depot is all about taking care of its customers every day, and the updated features and more convenient set-up in the store will help them save time. I’m also very proud to be supporting the contributions being made by the Office Depot Foundation to local non-profit organizations – it’s going to be an exciting day for everyone involved.”

Office Depot will also provide customers with free No. 14 licensed merchandise if they make a purchase of $15, $25, $50 or $125 on the day of the event, as well as chances to win free prizes on the spin-to-win wheel.

An Inside Look at the 13 Newly Remodeled Office Depot Stores in Houston

The newly remodeled stores feature a number of changes and enhancements specifically designed to improve the shopping experience for customers. From colorful and clear signage to a simple-to-navigate floor plan, the new Office Depot stores were re-designed based on customer feedback and shopping patterns. Plus, customers can save valuable time because the store format makes it more convenient to shop. All of the technology products and the Copy & Print Depot are located on the left side of the store, supplies are showcased on the right side and the cashiers can be found in the front.

The Houston Office Depot store #663 employs approximately 23 associates. It houses nearly 8,000 products – everything from furniture and office supplies to technology, including a Tech Depot consultation table for troubleshooting and expanded Copy & Print Depot – in nearly 15,000 square feet of selling space. Visit the store Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or reach us by phone at 281-447-7800.

In Houston alone, Office Depot has 46 stores. The other Houston-area Office Depot stores that have been recently remodeled include:

  • 10217 Katy Freeway, Houston
  • 1004 E. Southmore Ave., Pasadena
  • 20075 I-45 Highway North, Spring
  • 5400 Fm 1640, Richmond
  • 7519 Westheimer Road, Houston
  • 13802 Northwest Freeway, Houston
  • 7018 Highway 6 North, Houston
  • 211 Fm 2094 Road, Kemah
  • 27500 Highway 45 North, Oakridge North
  • 6888 Gulf Freeway, Houston
  • 13435 I-10 East, Houston
  • 10311 Highway 45 North, Houston
  • 11815 Wilcrest Drive, Houston

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Highlights

Special guests scheduled to participate in the March 28 ribbon-cutting ceremony include:

Non-Profit Organization Representatives:

  • John Krebs, Court Appointed Advocate, Child Advocates
  • Douglas Kleiner, President/CEO, Education Foundation of Harris County
  • Alonna Johnson, Food Resourcer, Houston Food Bank
  • David Chaney, Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving, Houston Food Bank

Government Official:

  • Tonya Williams, Staff Liaison for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce Representative:

  • Reggie Gray, President

The sackpack donations are part of the Office Depot Foundation’s award-winning National Backpack Program, through which it donates new sackpacks to deserving children across the United States and beyond. Since the program began in 2001, the Office Depot Foundation has given away more than 2.5 million backpacks and sackpacks to help children succeed in school.

To learn more about the products and services available at Office Depot, please visit your local Office Depot retail store location or www.officedepot.com. To become a fan of Office Depot on Facebook and receive exclusive content, offers and more, please visit www.facebook.com/officedepot. To follow Office Depot on Twitter, please visit www.twitter.com/officedepot.

About Office Depot

Office Depot, dedicated to helping customers save time and money, provides office supplies and services through 1,677 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.5 billion, and employs about 39,000 associates in 60 countries around the world.

Office Depot’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com and http://socialpress.officedepot.com/.

About the Office Depot Foundation

The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation – tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) – that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that help children succeed in school and in life; enable civil society (non-profit) organizations to become more efficient and effective; help people and businesses prepare for disasters, then recover and rebuild afterwards; strengthen local communities through grants, product donations and volunteerism; and encourage community development through entrepreneurship and economic innovation. For more information, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org.

About Child Advocates

Child Advocates Inc. mobilizes court-appointed volunteers to break the vicious cycle of child abuse. It is the voice for abused children who are lost in the system and guides them into safe environments where they can thrive. More than 5,500 children in the Houston area have experienced life-threatening abuse or neglect that caused them to be removed from their homes and placed in foster care. Child Advocates trains everyday people to advocate for the best interests of these children in court so they can find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

About Education Foundation of Harris County

The Education Foundation of Harris County (EFHC) supports innovative educational initiatives and out-of-school time programs benefiting students and teachers. Recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity, the Education Foundation was chartered in 1994 in partnership with the Harris County Department of Education. EFHC's mission promotes its vision that every child can learn and succeed given opportunity and education.

About Houston Food Bank

Now operating from a new, 308,000-square-foot facility, the Houston Food Bank is the nation’s largest size Feeding America food bank and source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. This network of over 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies feeds a total of 137,000 people each week and provides more than 70 million pounds of food and prepared meals annually. Fresh produce, meat and non-perishables are distributed from the new warehouse at 535 Portwall, and hot meals are prepared and distributed from Keegan Center, a 15,000-square-foot industrial kitchen. Additional community services range from nutrition education to assistance with food stamp applications and hands-on job training. Red Barrels offer a convenient way for grocery shoppers to donate non-perishables for their neighbors in need. The Houston Food Bank, founded in 1982, is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. The organization plans to grow to an annual distribution of 120 million pounds of food by 2018.

1 This event is open to the general public and 300 wristbands will be distributed for autographs (limit one per person). The wristbands may be obtained on a first-come, first served basis at the store beginning at 8 a.m. local time on the day of the event only. Fans with a wristband must be in line no later than 5 p.m. local time to receive an autograph.

Contact:

Office Depot
Julianne Carelli, 561-438-1451
julianne.carelli@officedepot.com
or
JKG Group
Leon Rubin, 561-251-8075
lrubin@jkggroup.com