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1/24/2009 HOUSTON – Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world’s largest office products company, today announced it will celebrate the opening of its fourth Houston store with a $15,000 donation from Staples Foundation for Learning to I Have a Dream - Houston.

On Mon., Jan. 26, city elected officials, business and community leaders, and area residents will gather at the new Staples store, located at 8225 S. Gessner Rd Suite A, to officially welcome the new neighbor into the southwest Houston community of Sharpstown.

At noon, Houston City Council Member M.J. Khan and Galleria Chamber of Commerce President Don Sweat will join store General Manager Dave Leach in a unique ribbon-shredding ceremony to officially open the new Staples store. Dolores Valero, constituent aide for State Rep. Scott Hochberg (D, 137); Sharpstown Civic Association president Milton Winnebrenner; and members of the Galleria Chamber of Commerce, also are expected to attend.

The store’s opening marks the beginning of Staples’ 2009 expansion plans in the Houston market. The Sharpstown location will be ideal for area small businesses and residents, and will serve of their office supplies, technology services and printing needs.

“We’re opening more stores in convenient locations throughout Houston to make it easy for small businesses and all Houstonians to get the products they need right in their neighborhood,” said Eric Donihoo, Staples district manager. “In addition to serving businesses, we’re committed to supporting charitable endeavors benefiting disadvantaged youth that make a difference in each and every community where we operate.”

Staples Foundation for Learning, the charitable arm of Staples, Inc., will present a $15,000 grant donation to I Have a Dream - Houston at the official opening of Staples’ new store located at 8225 S. Gessner Rd Suite A. The grant will support the organization’s mentoring program, which provides inner-city youth with long-term mentoring to improve academic performance and foster character development.

Adding More Stores for Greater Customer Convenience
The new Staples store opened to the public on Dec. 13, 2008 and will celebrate its official grand opening on Jan. 26. Regular hours are Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The store each will employ approximately 20 full- and part-time associates.

Making It Easy To Buy Office Products
The new 20,500-square-foot store in southwest Houston is designed to make it easy for small business and home office customers to shop for office products and services. It features more than 7,000 products, including ink and toner, business machines and innovative Staples brand products, such as the Staples MailMateTM M5 and the new Staples 10-Sheet Microcut Shredder. The new stores also provide other Staples signature services, including the Staples Copy & Print Center (full-service copying and printing services with 100 percent quality guarantee), Easy Tech (technology support, including computer set up and repair, software installation and upgrades), Easy Rebates (paperless, on-line rebate submission process) and the Staples Rewards program, which currently offers 10 percent back in rewards on ink and toner, case and ream paper and Copy & Print Center purchases. Staples also makes it easy for customers to make a difference for the environment – what it calls EcoEasy – by offering more than 3,000 eco-friendly products, green Copy & Print Centers, and in-store recycling for computers, office technology, personal electronics and ink and toner cartridges. Visit www.staples.com/ecoeasy .

Supporting Local Communities
The mission of the Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. is to teach, train and inspire. Founded in 2002, the foundation has contributed more than $14 million to national and local charities that provide educational opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Since 2007, Staples Foundation for Learning has contributed more than $145,000 in grants to Houston non-profit organizations providing educational and job skills programs for disadvantaged youth. These groups include Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, Citizens Schools, Genesys Works, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, I Have a Dream Houston, and the Education Foundation of Harris County.

About Staples
Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With $27 billion in sales, Staples serves businesses of all sizes and consumers in 27 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In July 2008, Staples acquired Corporate Express, one of the world's leading suppliers of office products to businesses and institutions. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.