Staples Partners With Workbar to Offer Coworking Spaces Inside Staples Stores
Posted on April 16, 2016
Staples has collaborated with Workbar to offer shared work spaces inside select Staples stores. The first three Workbar spaces will be in Boston, Massachusetts at locations in Danvers, Norwood, and Brighton.Staples says the Workbar spaces in its stores are 2,500 - 3,500 square-foot custom-designed facilities. They will offer high-end workspaces, conference rooms, private phone rooms, fast and secure Wi-Fi, printers, and coffee and tea. The Workbar locations within Staples will be operated by Workbar.
Peter Scala, executive vice president merchandising, Staples, says in a statement, "We're excited to team up with Workbar to offer business people a productive working environment in our Staples stores by providing convenient, affordable space and amenities so they can make more happen during their workday. Workbar locations will provide a sense of community and the opportunity to network and collaborate with other motivated professionals."
Retailers with lots of space may have less need for it as sales continue to migrate online. Some office electronics have also been steadily shrinking and taking up less space. Fortune says the average Staples store is about 20,00 square feet so there is room for a 3,000 square foot Workbar.
Staples explains the Workbar spaces in the following video: