Office Depot Picks Boca Raton For Headquarters

The Associated Press

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Office Depot has picked Boca Raton for its global headquarters, choosing that location over the Illinois home of its merger partner OfficeMax.

Last month Office Depot Inc. and OfficeMax completed their $1.2 billion merger and took the name Office Depot. OfficeMax was based in Naperville, Ill., while Office Depot's headquarters are in Boca Raton.

In mid-November Office Depot named Roland Smith as its new CEO and said that he would help to decide where the combined company would be based.

Smith said in a statement on Tuesday that after assessing its options the company determined that Boca Raton provided a way for it to drive better profitability and reach planned savings.

Office Depot looked at a number of factors before making its decision, including the cost to run each headquarters location, lease obligations and sublease considerations, government incentives and tax implications.

Office Depot will stay in its existing corporate campus in Boca Raton. The company said that there is ample space for employees that are moving from Illinois. While the transition and integration process occurs, Office Depot will keep a presence in Naperville.

The location of Office Depot and OfficeMax retail stores, customer service centers, warehouses and distribution centers are not impacted by the selection of the headquarters location.

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