Staples coming to Charles Town

January 22, 1998


Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Office supply giant Staples plans to open a store in Charles Town on Feb. 16, a store official said Thursday.

Work has begun to convert the former Barnhart's grocery store off U.S. 340 for use as a Staples.

The store is in the Charles Town Plaza near the new Wal-Mart Supercenter, which opened in October.

This gives the shopping center a second "anchor" store and comes at a time when the entire shopping center complex is being renovated to spruce up its image.

The Charles Town store is only the second Staples to open in West Virginia, said Staples spokeswoman Kathy Montal.

The first was in Clarksburg, W.Va. Another store is planned for Beckley, W.Va., she said.

The 24,000-square-foot Charles Town store will employ about 35 to 40 people, she said.

The corporation likes to look for areas where there are lots of small businesses in a high-traffic area with easy access, Montal said. The Charles Town store met all of the requirements, she said.


"They're very excited about being the one-stop-shop for small business owners. This seemed to be the perfect fit," Montal said.

While the store plans to serve small businesses, some fear small businesses may be hurt by Staples' arrival.

"It's going to steal my copy business and it's not going to help the other office supply businesses in town," said John Shea, president of the Charles Town-Ranson Business and Professional Association and owner of the Eastern Panhandle Print and Copy in Ranson, W.Va.

Barnhart's was closed after being bought out from a contract that allowed it to be the only grocery store in the shopping center. The Wal-Mart Supercenter includes 50,000 square feet of space for grocery items.

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