There are only 5 Office Maxes in the Houston metro area. That's about one store per million residents. Hope they don't close here.
My company uses OM, which was recently purchased by Boise Office Products, a division of Boise-Cascade. Must be their consultants that are pushing this through.
These stores are great for businesses because they deliver and you can order today and get it tomorrow, if not today.
Office Depot delivers too, but traffic in Corpus Christi isn't anything like the traffic in Houston so there's not much of advantage over going to the store yourself. Often we'll buy office supplies after lunch or after work.
One of those five was just three blocks from me and I did beaucoup business with them for many years. I liked that all I had to do was look in their catalog at home (before my online days) and know exactly what I needed, then go get it.
The strange thing was that my store almost never had what I wanted to order--they always had to get it from the Richmond Ave store. That was true on probably 2/3rds of the things I needed.
But I was happy with their paper prices and most other things. It was definitely a plus that I didn't have to drive anywhere else to try to price things, so I didn't mind if I had to pay a little more.
The only odd thing was that I had tons of business credit everywhere else, plus lots of $$ in investment accounts at the time, but they wouldn't extend me credit when they opened that store, because I didn't own my house. No other reason was quoted--and they had a very bad attitude with me about it because I fought their decision.
The service was pretty awful by the employees, who had no idea what anything was--but the catalog shopping pretty much overcame that. I was an office supply junkie, anyway, so my requests were often over their heads.
My store opened a printing department and I decided I would try them out because they way underbid Kinko's on some things. Well, ha ha, they never got anything right or on-time, either. Lost $1000s of business from me on that one. And if it hadn't have been for Kinko's also being down the street from me, open 24 hours, I'm not sure what I would have done. Ah, but it was nice to be working then.