Created on Monday, 21 January 2013 Written by REUBEN MEES
Bellefontaine will lose its only remaining office supply store as the Staples Office Superstore, 2250 S. Main St., prepares to close its doors on March 2.
The Bellefontaine Staples store will close March 2. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)
Just over a month ago, A.E. Roby in downtown Bellefontaine also closed its doors and sold the building to NetGain Information Systems.
“The closing of the store is very unfortunate for both the city and the county,” Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce Director Paul Benedetti said. “The earlier closing of the Roby office supply store in downtown Bellefontaine and now the Staples store will leave a large void for office supplies in our area.”
Staples, which has had a store in Bellefontaine since 2000, announced in September that it would downsize its corporate footprint by closing 30 stores in the United States within three years.
“We always evaluate our store performance to ensure we’re operating the business in the best way,” company spokeswoman Carrie McElwee said in an email. “Staples has more than 1,500 stores throughout the United States to meet the needs of our customers. We hope our customers in this area will continue to shop with us online at Staples.com.”
The local closure means the loss of 16 jobs and an estimated $350,000 in payroll. That equates to about $4,500 in local income tax, City Auditor Jack Reser estimated.
“We notified the (Department of Job and Family Services) as soon as the store closing rumor was confirmed. They will be deploying the Rapid Response team to assist the approximately 16 employees for assistance in finding a new job or unemployment benefits,” Mr. Benedetti said.
“The chamber will be contacting other regional and national office supply store chains to fill the needs of our community.”
He said the closure demonstrates why local residents should try to buy from businesses here.
“This news reinforces the need of the ‘Buy Local’ campaign currently under way with the collaboration of the Bellefontaine High School DECA program and the chamber,” he said. “Online and out-of-town shopping hurts our local businesses and our county’s sales tax revenues,” Mr. Benedetti concluded.