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Staples' Founder Tom Stemberg Resigns From Staples Board Of Directors

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 10, 2005--Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today that industry pioneer and Staples' founder Tom Stemberg has resigned from the company's board of directors.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 65,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2004 sales of $14.4 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,680 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.

CONTACT: Staples
Paul Capelli, 508-253-8530
paul.capelli@staples.com

SOURCE: Staples