By CLYDE FORD
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.