Staples Canada The Working and Learning Company has opened a newly-renovated store in Oakville, ON. The location is the second store in Canada to feature Staples Studio, the company's take on coworking.
Oakville is the fifth Working and Learning Store to open in Canada, following stores in Kirkland and Laval, QC and Richmond Hill and Toronto, ON. These stores demonstrate a new, more modern retail experience with clear sightlines to draw the eye throughout the store experience, says Staples. Customers are encouraged to interact with discovery areas to test and learn curated product solutions.
"We've been a part of Oakville's working and learning journey for 27 years and want to ensure we are continuing to be a dynamic and inspiring partner by providing thousands of new products, an extensive suite of services and a brand new coworking resource," says David Boone, CEO, Staples Canada. "With our transformation to The Working and Learning Company, our goal is to provide a space for this community, which is full of small businesses, entrepreneurs, teachers and students, to exchange ideas and find ways to reach their next level. Especially as students and teachers gear-up for the back to school season."
The new Oakville store features thousands of new products and expanded services in Solutionshop, and, as noted, the Staples Studio in-store coworking space where start-ups, small businesses, and students can access an innovative and collaborative workspace featuring lounge spaces, community kitchens, private and shared offices, and meeting rooms fully equipped with modern office furniture and technology. Access to Studio is available on a membership basis with different options ranging from a drop-in day pass to monthly dedicated private offices.
Members benefits include access to support from an on-site Community Manager and staff, and priority use of Spotlight, an auditorium-style event and community learning space. The in-store Solutionshop offers an extended suite of services and resources with in-house marketing, web design, print and tech services, and more. Members can use other Staples Studio locations, including Studio at University Avenue in downtown Toronto, with more planned to open in the future.
The newly renovated Oakville store also features a wellness café by elxr juice lab, its first permanent location outside of Toronto. elxr juice lab provides healthy alternatives to conventional food products with a full menu including salads, breakfast parfaits, treats, hot drinks, cold pressed juices, plant-based milks, smoothies, booster shots.
A grand opening ceremony for the store took place on Saturday, August 10, including a ribbon cutting at 8 a.m. with Boone and local dignitaries. Joanne Sallay, an educator, entrepreneur, and advocate for children's literature, was the keynote speaker on opening day. Also on hand was NBA player and Burlington-native Simi Shittu.
The first 100 guests in attendance received a Staples Canada gift card valued at up to $100 and all guests were able to enjoy a 10% discount on select in-store purchases. elxr juice lab was also offering half price smoothies and 20% off juices, parfaits, and salads.
The new Staples Canada, The Working and Learning Company, Oakville store is located at 320 North Service Rd. W.