Houston - Office Depot will formally unveil its newest store format here this week.
The new design, which has been deployed here in 13 recently remodeled locations, features a number of changes and enhancements designed to improve the customer shopping experience, the No. 2 office-supply chain said.
Updates include clear, colorful signage and a simple-to-navigate floor plan that places technology products and the copy and print department on the left side of the store, office supplies on the right, and the cashiers in the front.
The new format is based on customer feedback and shopping patterns, the company said.
To herald the remodels, the chain is holding a grand re-opening celebration this Wednesday at its Highway 45 North store that will feature a special ribbon-cutting appearance by three-time and reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart.
Stewart, who drives the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Impala in the Sprint Cup Series, will assist the Office Depot Foundation with check presentations and donations of new children's sackpacks to three local non-profit organizations and will hold an autograph session for 300 fans. A replica of Stewart's No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 show car will be on display in the store's parking lot along with racing simulators, and the retailer will provide customers with free No. 14-licensed merchandise with purchases of $15, $25, $50 or $125 on the day of the event.
"It's really great to be a part of this ribbon-cutting celebration for 13 newly remodeled Office Depot stores in the Houston area," said Stewart. "Office Depot is all about taking care of its customers every day, and the updated features and more convenient setup in the store will help them save time. I'm also very proud to be supporting the contributions being made by the Office Depot Foundation to local non-profit organizations. It's going to be an exciting day for everyone involved."