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Milestones

    • Opens 1000th store in Duluth, Georgia
    • Launches StaplesLink.com® for contract customers
    • Expands European retail presence with the acquisitions of 15 Sigma Burowelt stores in Germany, 21 Office Centre stores in the Netherlands, and six Office Centre stores in Portugal
    • Launches in–store pack and ship services
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    • Launches staples.com®
    • Named to the Standard & Poor's 500 Index
    • Purchases Quill Corp. for $690 million
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    • Announces naming rights deal for Los Angeles sports and entertainment complex; STAPLES Center is home to special events like the Grammy Awards and several professional sports franchises including the NBA’s LA Lakers
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    • Turns 10 and becomes Fortune 500 company
    • 500th store opens in Vero Beach, Florida
    • Buys out European partner Kingfisher and MAXI–Papier 
    • Sales pass $3 billion. Only sixth company in history to achieve $3 billion in sales within 10 years of start–up
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    • Restructures Staples Contract and Commercial into Staples National Advantage® and Staples Business Advantage®
    • Announces aggressive store remodeling schedule for 90 stores in North America  to get new "second–generation" store format, also increases average store size from 17,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet
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    • Acquires remaining 58% of Business Depot
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    • Launches Contract and Commercial division to serve multisite organizations and Fortune 1000 businesses
    • Increases interest in Business Depot to 42%
    • Opens first store in the United Kingdom
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    • Enters the European marketplace, investing in German office superstore, MAXI–Papier, and a few months later partners with the United Kingdom retail giant Kingfisher
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    • Helps found Canada’s first office superstore, The Business Depot LTD. First Business Depot store opens in Concord, Ontario
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    • Begins western U.S. expansion with acquisition of 10 HQ Office Supplies warehouses in L.A. area for $16.7 million
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