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Staples Reinvents Corporate Headquarters

Health & Fitness Center, Smoke-Free Campus, Healthy Cafeteria, New Work Environments, Latest In Series Of Enhancements For Benefit Of Staples Associates

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 23, 2014-- Staples, one of the world’s largest internet retailers, today announced the opening of a new health and fitness center at its global corporate headquarters, in Framingham, Massachusetts, the latest in a series of updates to the campus, including going smoke-free, a new, healthier cafeteria and a redesigned, more open and collaborative floor plan, both designed by Business Interiors by Staples, as the company continues to reinvent both its business and culture.

Staples announced the opening of a new Health and Fitness Center at its Corporate Headquarters in Fr ...

Staples announced the opening of a new Health and Fitness Center at its Corporate Headquarters in Framingham, Massachusetts. The event was commemorated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication to former Staples Associate John Barton. Pictured from Staples are (left to right); John's daughter Janice, Vice President of Engineering, Construction & Support Services John Lynch, Executive Vice President of Human Resources Regis Mulot, John Barton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ron Sargent, leader of the Staples Associate Fitness Boot Camp Dan Merriam and Chief Culture Officer John Burke. (Photo: Business Wire)

“The health and well-being of Staples associates is paramount to the company’s success,” said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc. “We’re investing in our greatest asset, our associates, to make sure they have a world-class work environment and the resources they need to feel fit and energized.”

The health and fitness center is 9,500 square feet, and is professionally staffed and managed by industry leader, Plus One Health Management. The smoke-free campus features an outdoor terrace and lawn area right outside of the fitness center, where employees are working, eating, team-building, and staying physically fit with activities like the Boot Camp training and 5k races. The terrace abuts the corporate headquarters parking garage, which has a previously announced a 685 kilowatt solar power installation, as well as electric vehicle charging, a sign of Staples commitment to sustainability.

Also today, Staples announced the creation of the Staples Share Fund, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization founded and funded by associate and corporate contributions, that offers relief for Staples associates in need of financial assistance due to events such as natural disasters, catastrophic events or other circumstances beyond their control. Staples has generously agreed to match contributions up to $1 million, which has already been used to provide relief to dozens of associates affected by severe weather and personal tragedy, and associates can continue to contribute by signing up for payroll deduction or making a one-time donation.

“The Staples Share Fund is another way for our associates to be able to help out their co-workers in their time of need, and make a difference in the Staples community, something Staples employees are always looking to do,” Burke said.

All of the recent additions to the corporate office, as well as the roll-out of the Staples Share Fund, will help Staples continue to be a great place to work and attract top talent to come and join the Staples team. Potential candidates are invited to visit or on Twitter at and Facebook at

About Staples:

Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online, on mobile devices, or through the company’s innovative buy online, pick-up in store option. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at

Source: Staples

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