The continued development and reshuffing of players on South Kitsap’s busiest commercial corner will take a competitive twist with the addition of Office Depot.The Florida-based mega-retailer of everything from paper clips to computers and office furniture is in the process remodeling what was the old RiteAid store next door to Safeway at the corner of Bethel and Lund Avenues. RiteAid vacated the location last year when the company built a freestanding store just across Bethel.Meanwhile, on the northeast corner of the intersection, plans were announced earlier this year to construct a new retail center anchored by Walgreens Drugs and a Staples office supply store.The surprise announcement by Office Depot, which is scheduled to open for business in December, sets up a head-to-head competition between Staples and Office Depot for the hearts and minds of South Kitsap’s office product buyers.It’s a market largely unserved since the closure two years ago of Port Orchard Office Supply on Mile Hill Road.“It’s not uncommon to see two super stores on opposite street corners,” said Office Depot spokesman Gary Schweikart. “We’re both looking at the same numbers and thinking we can serve this market.”Office Depot, with more than $9 billion in sales nationally last year, is the country’s largest office products retailer.“We’re not ones to back away from competition,” Schweikart said. “We feel like if the customer comes in to Office Depot, they’ll buy what they’re looking for here — and they’ll come back every time they want something else.”At 25,000 square feet and 40 employees, the Port Orchard Office Depot is about average for the chain, which operates stores anywhere from 15,000 to more than 50,000 square feet. Office Depot has around 350 stores nationwide, opening between 100 and 150 new locations each year.The revelation that Office Depot intended to open up shop right across the street came as a very unwelcome surprise to Staples.“When they found out about Office Depot, the folks at Staples had to swallow real hard and take another look at their figures to see if they really wanted to do this,” said Prudential Commercial Real Estate broker Dave Walden, who leased the space. “At this point, though, the deal is signed and they’re committed to going ahead with it.”“It’s a big concern. It’s something that’s been haunting all of us for quite some time now,” said Samantha Pateros, of Smith-Hawkins Development, which is building the commercial project Staples and Walgreens will anchor.“They’re being very careful to make sure that location can indeed support what they intend to do,” she said. “But after due consideration, they’ve decided to move forward.”After working their way through the county’s difficult permitting and wetlands-reclamation process for more than a year, developers of the Staples-Walgreens project last week began clearing the site and hope the retail center can be open for business by next summer." "/> The continued development and reshuffing of players on South Kitsap’s busiest commercial corner will take a competitive twist with the addition of Office Depot.The Florida-based mega-retailer of everything from paper clips to computers and office furniture is in the process remodeling what was the old RiteAid store next door to Safeway at the corner of Bethel and Lund Avenues. RiteAid vacated the location last year when the company built a freestanding store just across Bethel.Meanwhile, on the northeast corner of the intersection, plans were announced earlier this year to construct a new retail center anchored by Walgreens Drugs and a Staples office supply store.The surprise announcement by Office Depot, which is scheduled to open for business in December, sets up a head-to-head competition between Staples and Office Depot for the hearts and minds of South Kitsap’s office product buyers.It’s a market largely unserved since the closure two years ago of Port Orchard Office Supply on Mile Hill Road.“It’s not uncommon to see two super stores on opposite street corners,” said Office Depot spokesman Gary Schweikart. “We’re both looking at the same numbers and thinking we can serve this market.”Office Depot, with more than $9 billion in sales nationally last year, is the country’s largest office products retailer.“We’re not ones to back away from competition,” Schweikart said. “We feel like if the customer comes in to Office Depot, they’ll buy what they’re looking for here — and they’ll come back every time they want something else.”At 25,000 square feet and 40 employees, the Port Orchard Office Depot is about average for the chain, which operates stores anywhere from 15,000 to more than 50,000 square feet. Office Depot has around 350 stores nationwide, opening between 100 and 150 new locations each year.The revelation that Office Depot intended to open up shop right across the street came as a very unwelcome surprise to Staples.“When they found out about Office Depot, the folks at Staples had to swallow real hard and take another look at their figures to see if they really wanted to do this,” said Prudential Commercial Real Estate broker Dave Walden, who leased the space. “At this point, though, the deal is signed and they’re committed to going ahead with it.”“It’s a big concern. It’s something that’s been haunting all of us for quite some time now,” said Samantha Pateros, of Smith-Hawkins Development, which is building the commercial project Staples and Walgreens will anchor.“They’re being very careful to make sure that location can indeed support what they intend to do,” she said. “But after due consideration, they’ve decided to move forward.”After working their way through the county’s difficult permitting and wetlands-reclamation process for more than a year, developers of the Staples-Walgreens project last week began clearing the site and hope the retail center can be open for business by next summer."">The continued development and reshuffing of players on South Kitsap’s busiest commercial corner will take a competitive twist with the addition of Office Depot.The Florida-based mega-retailer of everything from paper clips to computers and office furniture is in the process remodeling what was the old RiteAid store next door to Safeway at the corner of Bethel and Lund Avenues. RiteAid vacated the location last year when the company built a freestanding store just across Bethel.Meanwhile, on the northeast corner of the intersection, plans were announced earlier this year to construct a new retail center anchored by Walgreens Drugs and a Staples office supply store.The surprise announcement by Office Depot, which is scheduled to open for business in December, sets up a head-to-head competition between Staples and Office Depot for the hearts and minds of South Kitsap’s office product buyers.It’s a market largely unserved since the closure two years ago of Port Orchard Office Supply on Mile Hill Road.“It’s not uncommon to see two super stores on opposite street corners,” said Office Depot spokesman Gary Schweikart. “We’re both looking at the same numbers and thinking we can serve this market.”Office Depot, with more than $9 billion in sales nationally last year, is the country’s largest office products retailer.“We’re not ones to back away from competition,” Schweikart said. “We feel like if the customer comes in to Office Depot, they’ll buy what they’re looking for here — and they’ll come back every time they want something else.”At 25,000 square feet and 40 employees, the Port Orchard Office Depot is about average for the chain, which operates stores anywhere from 15,000 to more than 50,000 square feet. Office Depot has around 350 stores nationwide, opening between 100 and 150 new locations each year.The revelation that Office Depot intended to open up shop right across the street came as a very unwelcome surprise to Staples.“When they found out about Office Depot, the folks at Staples had to swallow real hard and take another look at their figures to see if they really wanted to do this,” said Prudential Commercial Real Estate broker Dave Walden, who leased the space. “At this point, though, the deal is signed and they’re committed to going ahead with it.”“It’s a big concern. It’s something that’s been haunting all of us for quite some time now,” said Samantha Pateros, of Smith-Hawkins Development, which is building the commercial project Staples and Walgreens will anchor.“They’re being very careful to make sure that location can indeed support what they intend to do,” she said. “But after due consideration, they’ve decided to move forward.”After working their way through the county’s difficult permitting and wetlands-reclamation process for more than a year, developers of the Staples-Walgreens project last week began clearing the site and hope the retail center can be open for business by next summer." "/> Office supply chains brace for head-to-head battle - Port Orchard Independent
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Office supply chains brace for head-to-head battle

">The continued development and reshuffing of players on South Kitsap’s busiest commercial corner will take a competitive twist with the addition of Office Depot.The Florida-based mega-retailer of everything from paper clips to computers and office furniture is in the process remodeling what was the old RiteAid store next door to Safeway at the corner of Bethel and Lund Avenues. RiteAid vacated the location last year when the company built a freestanding store just across Bethel.Meanwhile, on the northeast corner of the intersection, plans were announced earlier this year to construct a new retail center anchored by Walgreens Drugs and a Staples office supply store.The surprise announcement by Office Depot, which is scheduled to open for business in December, sets up a head-to-head competition between Staples and Office Depot for the hearts and minds of South Kitsap’s office product buyers.It’s a market largely unserved since the closure two years ago of Port Orchard Office Supply on Mile Hill Road.“It’s not uncommon to see two super stores on opposite street corners,” said Office Depot spokesman Gary Schweikart. “We’re both looking at the same numbers and thinking we can serve this market.”Office Depot, with more than $9 billion in sales nationally last year, is the country’s largest office products retailer.“We’re not ones to back away from competition,” Schweikart said. “We feel like if the customer comes in to Office Depot, they’ll buy what they’re looking for here — and they’ll come back every time they want something else.”At 25,000 square feet and 40 employees, the Port Orchard Office Depot is about average for the chain, which operates stores anywhere from 15,000 to more than 50,000 square feet. Office Depot has around 350 stores nationwide, opening between 100 and 150 new locations each year.The revelation that Office Depot intended to open up shop right across the street came as a very unwelcome surprise to Staples.“When they found out about Office Depot, the folks at Staples had to swallow real hard and take another look at their figures to see if they really wanted to do this,” said Prudential Commercial Real Estate broker Dave Walden, who leased the space. “At this point, though, the deal is signed and they’re committed to going ahead with it.”“It’s a big concern. It’s something that’s been haunting all of us for quite some time now,” said Samantha Pateros, of Smith-Hawkins Development, which is building the commercial project Staples and Walgreens will anchor.“They’re being very careful to make sure that location can indeed support what they intend to do,” she said. “But after due consideration, they’ve decided to move forward.”After working their way through the county’s difficult permitting and wetlands-reclamation process for more than a year, developers of the Staples-Walgreens project last week began clearing the site and hope the retail center can be open for business by next summer."

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