Office Depot set for Mideast debut

US-based office supplies giant looking to offer 5000 products in first store, ahead of more general ME expansion.
Office Depot set for Mideast debut
OFFICE DEPOT: US office supplies giant set to make Mideast debut this month. (Getty Images)
By Martin Morris
Mon 03 Aug 2009 10:00 PM

Office Depot Inc., the global supplier of office products and services, is launching its first store in the Middle East.In cooperation with local retailer M.H. Alshaya Co, the company will launch its first one stop shop for office supplies in the ME at The Avenues Mall, Kuwait.

The opening this month comes as the first step in a series of store launches in Kuwait and the region, continuing the brand's dramatic growth over the last 20 years since its establishment.

Mohammed Alshaya executive chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co said in a statement: ''We believe there is a tremendous need for such a new concept in Kuwait and the region.''

The flagship store will offer around 5,000 products and services over 900 square meters of floor space to businesses as well as private costumers.

Office Depot products include general office supplies, computer supplies, business machines and related supplies, as well as office furniture from international brands and its own private brands, which include Office Depot, Foray, Ativa and Real Space.

The stores also contain a copy, print and ship centre.

''The launch of our first store here in Kuwait opens a new chapter in the history of Office Depot's expansion. This is the first one-stop-shop for office supply in the region and we are very optimistic that Office Depot will reach a market-leading position in the office supplies business in the Middle East" said John Moore, Business Director of Office Depot in the Middle East.

He added: "We are aiming to achieve this goal through a dominant range of quality products, competitive pricing, complete services and exclusivity through the extensive selection of our own branded products."

The company currently has 1,604 retail stores worldwide.

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