Staples location in Steamboat Springs to close
April 9, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the store’s closing date.
The Staples location in Steamboat Springs will close its doors May 17.
The store, which opened in late 2006, is among 89 closures recently announced, manager Ralph Rainwater said.
Rainwater said he found out about the closure Monday and relayed the news to his staff of 14.
Loui Antonucci, the store's landlord, said Wednesday afternoon that he still had not received word from Staples about the fate of the store.
When he heard about Staples' plan to close 225 stores in North America by 2015, Antonucci said he still anticipated that he'd hear from the corporate office and a deal would be struck to keep the store in Steamboat after some negotiation.
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Antonucci said that Staples almost passed on the building at Pine Grove Road and Mid Valley Drive.
At the time, during a boom of big box stores, Staples was looking for spaces in the neighborhood of 28,000 to 30,000 square feet, he said, and his building is only 15,000 square feet.
"They told me that they might not rent it," Antonucci said. "Since then, the world has changed."
Now, Staples stores are getting smaller, downsizing to about 12,000 square feet, Antonucci said.
Staples is the second-largest online retailer, next to Amazon, but physical locations offer a chance to touch products and quickly purchase items that otherwise might have to be shipped.
"You can't run a community without technology," Antonucci said. "Sometimes you can't wait."
While he didn't anticipate the location closing so soon, Antonucci said he plans to get in touch with the corporate office and see if anything can be done to keep the store in Steamboat.
A call to Staples' corporate office was not returned Wednesday afternoon.
Rainwater said Wednesday that new shipments to the store have stopped and promotional items and other products already slated for markdowns will undergo aggressive discounts ahead of the closing date.
The rest of the merchandise will be boxed up in the following three weeks and shipped to other locations.
Staff members who want to transfer to another location would be considered for that, Rainwater said, but he thought it was unlikely given the hourly nature of the job.
"This was always the second income for everybody other than myself," he said.
Rainwater moved to Steamboat for the position and was unsure Wednesday what his future would hold.
"Steamboat people have been absolutely wonderful to me," he said. "This town has been everything I thought it would be."