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Staples Opens Store at Newark International Airport

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 13, 2000--Staples, Inc., (NASDAQ:SPLS), operator of more than 1,200 superstores worldwide, today announced the opening of its third airport store, at the Newark International Airport. The Newark airport store will offer travelers three ways to shop: traditional retail, a kiosk linked to Staples.com and a direct phone line to Staples catalog representatives.

The 1,330 square foot airport store, located in Continental Airlines Terminal C, will carry a varied selection of merchandise suited to the needs of the business traveler including small pack sizes of paper and file folders, organizers, presentation materials, general office supplies, travel supplies, luggage and small electronics such as hand held organizers and calculators. Customers will also be able to buy build-to-order computers. Self-service copying, faxing and shipping will also be offered and are popular services for business travelers.

For customers who want to order supplies and have them delivered to their final travel destination, home or office, a Staples.com kiosk and a specially marked telephone linked to Staples catalog operators will be available for those purchases. Staples offers free next-day delivery on purchases over $50.

A special ceremony will mark the opening of the Newark airport store on Tuesday, July 18. Staples Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas G. Stemberg will be present to formally dedicate the store in memory of his father, Oscar Stemberg, a former Newark area businessman and entrepreneur.

Staples recently received an award as the "Best New Specialty Airport Retail Concept" by World Airport Retail News and the "Most Innovative Concession" Award for the Philadelphia International Airport store from Airport Councils International. Staples airport stores are also open at the Philadelphia International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport.

Staples Inc., (NASDAQ:SPLS), is a $9 billion provider of office supplies, furniture, technology and services to consumers and businesses of all sizes in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. Headquartered near Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has 50,000 employees who help customers slash the cost and hassle of running their businesses through more than 1,200 retail superstores, an e-commerce business, direct mail order operations under the brands of Staples and subsidiary Quill Corporation, and a national accounts contract business. More information about the company is available at http://www.staples.com.

CONTACT: Staples Media Relations

             Vicki Hughart
             (508) 253-7895
             vicki.hughart@staples.com