Office Depot unveils its market makeover of 14 stores in Austin, Texas

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading omnichannel provider of business services, products and technology, today (January 30, 2018) unveiled its market makeover of 14 stores in Austin, Texas, including a flagship location – “BizBox: Powered by Office Depot” – that integrate the company’s recently launched BizBox offering into its retail locations. The reimagined stores offer a first-of-its-kind suite of services for small business owners offered both online and in-store, along with flex workspaces in select stores. This is another step forward in the company’s strategic transformation from a traditional office products retailer to a broader business services platform.

BizBox is a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs, offering end-to-end services to help small to mid-sized businesses start and grow their companies, including logo and website design, digital and social marketing, full-service copy and printing, finance and accounting services, payroll, HR, tech support, Centriq’s Asset Management software and more. The stores in the Austin market will offer face-to-face, one-on-one consultative support to help local businesses thrive.

A region ripe for growth, Austin serves as the first market for Office Depot’s innovative approach to a personalized, more omnichannel customer shopping experience. The company plans a phased approach to these makeovers as this is the next evolution of its retail transformation. The shift to a services-led retail shopping experience for customers will continue to unfold in its 1,400 stores across the country.

“Today is a key inflection point in the company’s transformation from a traditional office products retailer to a broader business services platform,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer for Office Depot, Inc. “Helping small and medium-sized business customers is core to our identity, but the reality is that our customers’ needs have changed. BizBox reflects our continued commitment to an omnichannel experience that addresses the challenges small businesses are facing today.”

The Austin retail stores offer digital services as well as a selection of traditional office products, and customers can expect a new look and feel in the upgraded locations, including:

  • Open Floor Plan with Dedicated BizBox Consulting Hubs – Entrepreneurs will have access to BizBox professionals and experts on-site to help identify services suited to their unique needs, streamlining operations and freeing up valuable time to focus on innovation and growth.
  • In-Store Networking – Open seating areas will encourage entrepreneurs to connect and discuss ideas and solutions alongside BizBox professionals.
  • Professional Tech Support in a Designated “Tech-Zone” – Professional tech support will be available to assist customers with everything from smartphone repairs to PC tune-ups, and more.

“As the ‘Silicon Hills’ of Texas, Austin is a strong market leader with five percent more small to medium-sized businesses than similar markets, boasting an estimated 2,400 new tech businesses in 2017 alone,” said Kevin Moffitt, senior vice president and chief retail officer for Office Depot, Inc. “Our research shows that Austin is the right market for us to test this new omnichannel approach, and customers are already impressed with how many ways we can partner with them and offer such a variety of services and solutions.”

This new business services platform builds upon Office Depot’s previously announced acquisition of CompuCom Systems, Inc. and strategic investment in Centriq Technology, Inc.

For more information and to sign up today, visit bizbox.com. To find the dedicated BizBox consultant near you in Greater Austin, visit officedepot.com/storelocator.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform.

The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot®, OfficeMax®, BizBox, CompuCom®, Complete Office and Grand&Toy®. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL®, Foray®, Brenton Studio®, Ativa®, WorkPro®, Realspace® and Highmark®.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

Office Depot, Foray, Ativa and Realspace are trademarks of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax, TUL, Brenton Studio, WorkPro and Highmark are trademarks of OMX, Inc. CompuCom is a trademark of CompuCom Systems, Inc. Grand&Toy is a trademark of Grand & Toy, LLC in Canada. ©2018 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:
Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

Danny Jovic
561-438-1594
danny.jovic@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

QuikTrip expands into San Antonio and Austin, Texas with first stores expected to open in summer 2018

TULSA, Okla., 2017-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — QuikTrip (QT), one of the nation’s leading convenience and gasoline retailers, today  (June 28, 2017)  announced it is expanding into San Antonio and Austin, Texas. The first QT stores in each city are expected to open in the summer of 2018.

QT has been serving Texas customers in the Dallas/Fort Worth market since 1999, and currently operates 134 stores there. Construction will begin this winter on the first of over 100 stores scheduled for the initial launch in San Antonio and Austin.

“We’ve heard from a number of enthusiastic QT fans in San Antonio and Austin familiar with us from their travels, urging us to expand there,” said Chet Cadieux, QuikTrip CEO. “Both San Antonio and Austin are really hot markets right now and we cannot wait to join the exciting landscape in those two great communities. If you aren’t familiar with us yet, you are in for a real treat!”

One of the things that differentiates QT from its competitors is its in-store QT Kitchens, which serve fresh, made-to-order food, such as pizza, premium specialty drinks and frozen treats.

Now in its 59th year, QT ranks high on the Forbes list of Largest Privately Held Companies, and has been named one of the Best Companies to Work For by Fortunefor the past 14 years. In 2016, QT was named by Fortune among the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials. QT’s strategy is to be the dominant convenience/gasoline retailer in each market and to reach that level not through sheer number of stores, but through key, high-volume locations.

QT has approximately 20,000 full-time and part-time employees who enjoy one of the broadest benefit packages in the industry. It has been six years since QT expanded into a new market. In 2011, QT launched its Carolinas division, adding 75 stores in Charlotte, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina. The company operates more than 750 stores in 11 states.

About QuikTrip

QuikTrip Corporation is a privately held company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Founded in 1958, QuikTrip has grown to a more than $11 billion company with 750+ stores in 11 states.  With over 20,000 employees, QuikTrip has made Fortune magazine’s list of Best Companies to Work For every year for the last 15 years and received the No. 38 spot in People Magazine’s 50 Companies That Care. QuikTrip is consistently ranked as one of the top convenience store marketers in product quality and friendly service, including a top spot on GasBuddy’s Top Rated C-Store list for 2017. QuikTrip also gives back to the communities it serves, donating five percent of net profits to charitable organizations. To find out more about QuikTrip, visit www.quiktrip.com.

Source: QuikTrip

Nordstrom opens second full-line store in Austin, Nordstrom Domain NORTHSIDE

SEATTLE,, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. opened the doors to Nordstrom Domain NORTHSIDE today (Sept. 30, 2016), the company’s second full-line store in Austin. The two-level, 127,500 square-foot store features five shoe departments, expansive cosmetics and accessories areas, and a comprehensive offering of popular brand names for men, women and children. The first Nordstrom store in Austin opened at Barton Creek Square Mall in 2003.

“We’re excited to be among a great group of retailers here at Domain NORTHSIDE,” said Shannon Ricca, Nordstrom Domain NORTHSIDE store manager. “We’ve enjoyed being part of the Austin community for the past 13 years and hope our new location makes it more convenient for customers who live closer toNorth Austin to shop with us. We can’t wait to show our existing and new customers what we have in store!”

The women’s apparel offering features popular fashion brands in a variety of price points from designers like Alice & Olivia, Tory Burch, Veronica Beard, Madewell, Topshop and J. Crew, as well as shoes and handbags from brands such as Kate Spade New York, Tory Burch and Rebecca Minkoff. Customers will also find a new At Home department, which houses gifts and home décor items, including Austin-native brands Son of a Sailor, Misha Blaise Art and Satchel & Sage. In the Beauty department, customers will find brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown, Aesop, Space NK, Jo Malone and Le Labo perfumerie, which is exclusive to the new store in Austin.

Nordstrom Domain NORTHSIDE features the company’s latest design concept, which includes more windows to incorporate natural light and connect the shopping experience to the outside world. The store also offers a number of special services and amenities including Curbside Pickup and Same Day Delivery as well as an Buy Online Pick Up In Store service counter with dressing rooms that make it easy for customers to try on online purchases, an in-store alteration and tailor shop, a leather embossing machine to customize leather goods, certified bra and prosthesis fit specialists and Personal Stylists – a complimentary wardrobe and shopping service. The store has two food offerings: Bazille, a contemporary interpretation of bistro cuisine including a full bar; and the Ebar, for handcrafted coffee drinks and grab-and-go food options.

Opening day kicked off at 8 a.m. with a Beauty Bash – a high energy celebration of all things beauty – just outside the store’s entrance. Customers enjoyed a preview of the store’s expansive cosmetics selection as well as one-on-one time with Nordstrom beauty experts to get the inside scoop on new products and fall trends. In what has become a Nordstrom tradition, more than 300 employees welcomed the first customers when the doors officially opened at 10:00 a.m.

Earlier in the week, Nordstrom underwrote Austin City Social – an opening party that raised more than$35,000 for Austin Symphony BATS (Be at the Symphony) and the next generation of Austin music lovers. More than 1,000 guests were in attendance to enjoy fall fashion presentations, bites and beverages, as well as live music from locals Tameka Jones and local low grass band Sour Bridges.

ABOUT NORDSTROM:
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 338 stores in 39 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 208 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

CONTACT:

Anya Pavlovic
Nordstrom, Inc.
206.303.3015

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.