Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) has teamed up with with Workbar to offer co-working spaces within select retail locations. The first three productive workplaces are between 2,500 and 3,500 sq. ft. and will open in late spring in the Danvers, Norwood and Brighton, Massachusetts stores.
The Workbar facilities include a mix of high-end workspaces, conference rooms, private phone rooms, fast and secure Wi-Fi, printers, and bottomless coffee and tea.
"We're excited to team up with Workbar to offer business people a productive working environment in our Staples stores by providing convenient, affordable space and amenities so they can make more happen during their workday," said Peter Scala, executive VP merchandising, Staples. "Workbar locations will provide a sense of community and the opportunity to network and collaborate with other motivated professionals."
Workbar's CEO and cofounder Bill Jacobson said the space, geared toward the rising demographic of mobile professionals, is meant to link suburban workers with downtown centers through convenient parking, extended store hours and more.
Operated by Workbar within Staples, the space will offer co-working memberships, pre-scheduled meeting space, and access to its in-person and online community for tips and advice. Workbar members will automatically be enrolled in the Premier Level of Staples Rewards.
"At Staples, the Workbar space will be a great complement to our existing suite of business relevant products and services – print and marketing services, business services including shipping, tech services and office supplies. This provides our customers with the unique opportunity to obtain virtually everything they need to stay up and running and to make their businesses succeed right from our stores," said Scala.
Staples is still awaiting approval from the FTC, after two rejections, for its merger with Office Depot. Staples agreed to buy Office Depot for $6 billion in February 2015, and has agreed to make concessions and sell assets in order to win FTC approval.
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