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OfficeMax Grand & Toy to close all retail stores

OfficeMax Grand & Toy, an affiliate of Office Depot, has announced that it will close all of its 19 retail stores. OfficeMax Grand & Toy will continue to service its business customers via the website, customer service centres and direct sales representatives.

"We are concentrating our efforts on ways to better serve our customers in response to their changing business needs," said Simon Finch, general manager, OfficeMax Grand & Toy. Our customers overwhelmingly prefer an online experience because it offers more products, a constantly growing selection, and convenient door-to-door delivery."

Over the past several years, OfficeMax Grand & Toy has experienced tremendous growth in its online channel with only three per cent of the company's sales coming from retail walk-ins.

The 19 retail outlets, located in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba, will begin closing over the next few months. Approximately 160 employees, both full time and part time, will be impacted by the store closures.

OfficeMax Grand & Toy currently has more than 1,300 employees.