Staples store opens in Panhandle

February 21, 1998


Staff Writer

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Kay Standish pushed a shopping cart slowly through the aisles of the new Staples Friday afternoon as if she wanted to check out each of the more than 6,000 items carefully.

"I love it," she said. "I think it's great. It'll be nice to not have to go so far away to get supplies."

The office supply giant opened up the doors Friday to a steady stream of customers, many of whom said they used to travel to Frederick, Md., or Winchester, Va., to buy their office supplies before.


Standish was not only buying office supplies for her bed and breakfast business. She also was stocking up to take items to her daughter working in Romania, who sent a "wish list" of needed supplies.

Louise Fridrich, of Avon Bend, said she always went to Winchester before to buy office supplies. She runs a small business at her home.

"It's fun to come in and see what all they have," Fridrich said.

Earl Wean, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., said he went to Staples out of "curiosity more than need" as he looked at the computer software programs.

Wean said he thinks having the store in town will help the community because he had to travel to Frederick before.

The 24,000-square foot Staples opened in the former Barnhart's grocery store off U.S. 340 in the Charles Town Plaza near the new Wal-Mart Supercenter, which opened last October.

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

The Charles Town store sells anything from computers to paper clips, said acting general manager Vicki Buda.

The store carries any standard office supply plus can special order unusual items, she said.

The store also will handle orders for Staples Direct, where customers can have office supplies delivered directly to them, she said.

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