Office Depot To Celebrate Grand Opening Of Its New Store In Winter Haven, FLA., With Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Featuring NASCAR Star Tony Stewart

By Auto News Log • June 28th, 2011

Local Non-Profit Groups to Receive Donations from The Office Depot Foundation

Winter Haven, Fla. – Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), celebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today announced that the Company will celebrate the grand opening of its new store located at 800 Cypress Gardens Blvd. in Winter Haven, Fla., on Wednesday, June 29. The event is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

NASCAR® star Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Impala in the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™, will participate in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening event. As a part of the opening ceremony, Stewart will assist The Office Depot Foundation with check presentations and the donation of new children’s sackpacks containing essential school supplies to three local non-profit organizations: Girls Incorporated of Winter Haven, Winter Haven Police Athletic League and Family Emergency Services of Winter Haven.

The two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ champion will also hold an autograph session for 600 fans at the special event. 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 for fans to enjoy.

“I’m really excited to be a part of the grand opening celebration for this new Office Depot store in Winter Haven,” said Stewart, who will be racing at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. “It’s going to be a great day for everyone involved, and I look forward to supporting the contributions being made by The Office Depot Foundation to local non-profit organizations.”

Publix Super Market will provide cake and ice cream during the event and the super market’s mascot, Plato the dinosaur, will also be in attendance. Customers can buy a Boar’s Head Hot Dog and soda for $2.00 with all proceeds going to Children’s Miracle Network. An Office Depot “MYSTERY CARD” will also be awarded to customers who make a store purchase, revealing a special coupon offer for use on their next purchase.

An Inside Look at the New Office Depot Store in Winter Haven

According to Winter Haven store manager, Teresa Hill, the new store features a number of upgrades designed specifically with the customer in mind, including colorful and clear signage, and carpeted floors for a warmer feel. The floor plan is simple to navigate with a layout that is intuitive, logical and convenient for the customer to shop.

Products are grouped together in highly visible, strategically located “pods,” with core office supplies on one side of the store and consumer electronics on the opposite side – all signed for optimal visibility and ease of purchase. The furniture area has also been updated with additional product lines and assortments, and is located in the back of the store to better support consultative sales.

The front end of the store has been simplified to feature Office Depot’s Copy & Print Depot and Tech Depot Services, both of which are conveniently located adjacent to the cash registers.

The Winter Haven Office Depot store employs approximately five full- and 16 part-time associates. It houses more than 7,500 technology, furniture and supply products as well as technology and copy & print services in about 20,000 square feet of selling space.

The store hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The telephone number is 863-293-3249.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Highlights

Special guests scheduled to participate in the June 29 ribbon-cutting ceremony include:

Non-Profit Organization Representatives

· Peggy Threlkel, Executive Director; Tiffani Gozdur, Board President; and Kim Hulverson, Past President, Girls Incorporated of Winter Haven

· Officer Derrick Doles, Executive Director, Winter Haven Police Athletic League

· Diana “Dee Dee” Woodhead, Executive Director, Family Emergency Services of Winter Haven

Government Officials

· Jeff Potter, Mayor, City of Winter Haven

· JP Powell, Mayor ProTem, City of Winter Haven

· Nathaniel Birdsong, City of Winter Haven Commissioner, Seat 2

· Jamie Beckett, City of Winter Haven Commissioner, Seat 4

· Steven Hunnicutt, City of Winter Haven Commissioner, Seat 5

· Dale Smith, City Manager, City of Winter Haven

· Deric Feacher, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Winter Haven

· Michael Stavres, Community Services Director, City of Winter Haven

· Hiep Nguyen, Technology Services Director, City of Winter Haven

· Kim Hansell, Utilities Director, City of Winter Haven

· David Dickey, Community and Economic Development, City of Winter Haven

· Sheandolen Dunn, Deputy City Clerk, City of Winter Haven

· R. Todd Dantzler, Polk County Commissioner, District 4

Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Representatives

· Bob Gernert, Executive Director

· Amanda-Jo Nicholson, Membership Liaison

· Andrea Cruz, Communications Manager

· Chamber Dignitaries

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About Office Depot

Celebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services, Office Depot is Taking Care of Business for millions of customers around the globe. For the local corner store as well as Fortune 500 companies, Office Depot provides supplies and services to its customers through 1,641 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.6 billion, and employs about 40,000 associates around the world. The Company provides more office supplies and services to more customers in more countries than any other company, and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 55 countries.

Office Depot’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com and http://socialpress.officedepot.com/.

About the Office Depot Foundation

The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation (tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3)) that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that help children succeed in school and in life; enable civil society (non-profit) organizations to become more efficient and effective; help people and businesses prepare for disasters, then recover and rebuild afterwards; strengthen local communities through grants, product donations and volunteerism; and encourage community development through entrepreneurship and economic innovation. For more information, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org.

About Girls Incorporated of Winter Haven

Girls Incorporated is a non-profit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold through a network of local organizations in the United States and Canada. With local roots dating to 1864 and national status in the U.S. since 1945, Girls Inc. responds to the changing needs of girls and their communities through research-based programs and advocacy that empower girls to reach their full potential and to understand, value and assert their rights. In 2009, Girls Inc. reached over 900,000 girls through Girls Inc. affiliates, its website and educational publications.

About Winter Haven Police Athletic League

The Police Athletic League is a youth activities program run by police officers of the Winter Haven Police Department and a volunteer board of directors for the purpose of preventing juvenile crime and drug abuse, providing positive role models for youth, developing discipline, self-esteem and positive moral values through wholesome competition and creating better relations through communications between law enforcement officers and the youth of the community. PALs were organized with sports as the primary focus. The idea was, and still is, to use sports as an avenue to reach children who need positive values in their lives. The organization’s job is to help shape the youth of today, which will have a direct effect on tomorrow.

About Family Emergency Services of Winter Haven

Family Emergency Services provides support to families to promote financial stability and services such as food, medicine, rent, utilities, holiday assistance, school supplies and the like. These services help stabilize families at risk due to financial crises brought on by unemployment, layoff or illness.

Source: MATTER, Edelman Sports & Entertainment Marketing

 

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