OfficeMax brings small format to Chicago

The first OfficeMax Business Solutions Center arrived in Chicago on Wednesday following the small format store’s introduction earlier this year in Milwaukee.

The 3,900-sq.-ft. store is located at 550 N. St. Clair St. in the heart of downtown Chicago where it can feed off considerable walk-in traffic and appeal to the services needs of nearby businesses. According to the company, the service-centric store provides subscription IT services, PC security, computer maintenance and repair, website design, custom print and document services, marketing support and tools to organize and manage workspaces, including cloud storage. The highly edited product assortment consists of necessities such as paper, pens, ink and toner, technology products such as convertible laptops, smart phones and business-quality printers and shredders. Customers can also access the complete OfficeMax assortment via an in-store online kiosk where products can be purchased and shipped directly to the customer.

“We're very pleased to bring our highly innovative 'store of the future' concept, the OfficeMax Business Solutions Center, to Chicago to partner with local businesses and help them grow," said Ravi Saligram, president and CEO of OfficeMax. "This relationship-based model provides flexibility to tailor services, products and solutions to the unique needs of businesses at various stages of growth."

OfficeMax introduced its Business Solutions Center concept in April of this year when it opened a 5,0000-sq.-ft. prototype in Milwaukee. At that time, Saligram said, “Our OfficeMax Business Solutions Center advances our transformation as a seamless multi-channel supplier of workplace products, services and solutions."