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Closed: Staples on Stone Mountain Highway

UPDATE - Statement from Staples on the store closing. The office supply store lists locations in Tucker and Snellville as alternatives.

A major office supply store in unincorporated Stone Mountain is closed.

Signs up on the windows at the tell would-be customers, several of whom stopped by the store Monday afternoon: "This store has closed. But Staples is still nearby."

Those signs include the addresses of the and the

On Tuesday, Staples' public relations manager Karen Pevenstein provided the following statement on the store closing:

"We always evaluate our store performance to ensure we’re operating the business in the best way. The store we are closing in Stone Mountain is only one of more than 1,500 stores throughout the United States, and we have other convenient locations in Gwinnett County to meet the needs of our customers.  We are able to offer transfer options to all associates who want to remain with the company to other Staples locations.

We hope our customers in this area will continue to shop with us in our other area locations including Tucker, Snellville, Lithonia or online at Staples.com.

This store closing is not indicative of Staples’ overall business nor part of a major restructuring program.   We plan to open additional stores in the US and Canada this year."

Pevenstein said the store closed Dec. 31 and had been at the location since 1999. Staples' headquarters is located outside Boston.

blackhouse January 03, 2012 at 03:03 PM
The closing of local businesses is discouraging in an obvious manner, however, it is also indicative of our new technology based society. Over the holidays, I became a member of Amazon Prime. For a low annual fee, I can order one box of staples (pun intended) to be delivered to my door at as low or lower cost than the local big box store, with no shipping fees. The retail storefront will never disappear (I hesitate to say "never") as we are still an emotionally driven, often last minute mode people. The need for running to the store or the desire to window shop may remain with us always. We must be creative in our economic planning, and not jump to the conclusion that this is only indicative of a worsening economy. Nor should we (or the local chambers of commerce or realtors) begin seeking a new retailer to occupy the space. We must begin to think outside the "big box."
Lucas Roberts January 03, 2012 at 05:48 PM
agree
Leslie Johnson January 03, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Thanks Blackhouse & Lucas for commenting. I do understand that business models have changed due to technology, and that makes sense. Maybe I missed it, but did anyone notice if Staples brought any attention to the fact that this store was closing? Everyone who strolled up (including me) looked shocked.
Bruce Mitchell January 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Staples never made a real attempt to be competitive anyway. The service was not good, the employees were not friendly or helpful and the price and stock was not good.
Roland Richard January 03, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I agree with the above comments. But on a grander scale, what is happening to that area? In the past few years we've lost Best Buy, Target, and now Staples. This is disturbing, but is unfortunately the way things seem to trending for the Evermore Community Improvement District.
Leslie Johnson January 04, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Roland -- perhaps if the former Target were redeveloped, do you think the whole area would go through a revitalization? When Everest Institute moved into a former Walmart strip on Wesley Chapel Road in unincorporated Decatur, the surrounding area came back to life. There's now a gym, new grocery store, Comcast office, Subway, etc.
Roland Richard January 04, 2012 at 03:11 PM
That's a great example, I do think the right occupant can totally turn Evermore around. And Evermore isn't nearly as barren as Wesley Chapel was when Walmart relocated. Even if it were redeveloped as an office complex like Everest, or like DeKalb County Schools did with the old K-mart on Mtn.Ind. it would be better than it is in its current state. I doubt that a new retailer will occupy that space. It would be nice, but I am still not sure what prompted the Super Target closure. It was in a pretty good location and there isn't another Target for at least 8 miles in any direction. Costco would be nice, but not sure if it's a realistic option given all the current state of things.

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