In Brief

The office supply chain is currently offering a community working space in its downtown Toronto location, increasing the proposition of its physical stores by offering value-added services

The gig economy has not only changed hiring practices, but also how employees use working spaces. Staples is looking to capitalize on this trend by offering shared working spaces in some of its Canadian stores.

The office supply retailer is testing out this concept in a renovated Toronto store. The shop will include a “Solutions Shop” with marketing services for businesses of all sizes, an auditorium space that will allow for guest speakers and community events, and a cafe featuring a local coffee brand. However, the biggest draw is the Staples Studio, a 4,500-square-foot space designed to be worked in, with desks, lounges, kitchen, private offices and meeting rooms, all supported by Staples technology.

Besides the on-site manager and staff to help with space concerns, those who use the study also have access to in-house marketing, printing and web design. “The way we work has changed, and we are changing with it…We want to bring people together who are focused on personal and professional growth, to be an inspiring, affordable place for entrepreneurs, businesses and students to work, meet and collaborate,” explains David Boone, CEO of Staples Canada, to Chain Store Age.

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The gig economy has not only changed hiring practices, but also how employees use working spaces. Staples is looking to capitalize on this trend by offering shared working spaces in some of its Canadian stores.

The office supply retailer is testing out this concept in a renovated Toronto store. The shop will include a “Solutions Shop” with marketing services for businesses of all sizes, an auditorium space that will allow for guest speakers and community events, and a cafe featuring a local coffee brand. However, the biggest draw is the Staples Studio, a 4,500-square-foot space designed to be worked in, with desks, lounges, kitchen, private offices and meeting rooms, all supported by Staples technology.