With a lease signed, OfficeMax Inc. plans to open Chicago’s first OfficeMax Business Solutions Center in the city’s Streeterville community later this summer. The formerly unoccupied street-level storefront at 550 St. Clair Street will house 3,900 square feet of retail space and feature tailored business services, solutions and products delivered by specially trained associates.
OfficeMax noted that it developed the Business Solutions Center concept to help local entrepreneurs grow their businesses. In early April, OfficeMax announced it had opened the first OfficeMax Business Solutions Center in 5,000 square feet of space that provided services including furniture and space planning, packaging and FedEx shipping, and document shredding. The new store featured technology products for small business, including convertible laptops, smart phones and accessories, business-quality printers and shredders. It also incorporated an integrated service counter, Internet services, computer services, free Wi-Fi and temporary meeting space.
Similarly, according to OfficeMax, the new Streeterville Business Solutions Center includes enhanced technology support and an array of marketing, document and shipping services.
“We’re delighted to finalize these plans for bringing our highly innovative store of the future concept to our hometown of Chicago, to partner with local businesses and help them grow,” said Ravi Saligram OfficeMax, president and CEO. “Through this differentiated, multi-channel model, a specialized Business Solutions Adviser will reside in-store, working alongside business customers to help them take their enterprises to the next level with robust services and solutions tailored to meet their individual business needs.”
Michael Lewis, OfficeMax executive vp and president of retail, added, “Through this relationship-based retail center, we want local businesses in our community to know that they don’t have to go it alone. Every step of the process— from formalizing your business to setting up your website and marketing— will be available through the OfficeMax Business Solutions Center.”