Stores are coming up with innovative retail concepts to increase foot traffic

There is no doubt that the rise of online shopping has reduced the number of visits to brick and mortar stores. Taking cues from other merchants leasing portions of their retail spaces to increase foot traffic, Staples has found a way to give shoppers more than just a place to restock on office supplies by turning sections of some its stores into shared work areas.

The big-box store partnered up with Workbar, a network of high quality co-working office spaces in the Boston area, to turn three retail stores into communal work spaces. Each of the 2,500-3,500 square foot facilities will house 45 to 50 workers, and offer a mix of workspaces and conference rooms, Wi-Fi, printers, and other office amenities. Workbar will operate the locations within Staples and offer weekly and monthly memberships, as well as access to their downtown locations.

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