Staples Canada new concept store in the heart of downtown Toronto features a bold take on co-working

Staples Canada will launch its new concept store this week at 375 University Avenue in downtown Toronto. The new location offers a completely new inspirational experience for customers, featuring more than a thousand new products, a next-level solutions shop with marketing services for businesses, dedicated space for community events and guest speakers called Spotlight, a Mos Mos Coffee location, and the first  Staples Studio, a bold new, innovative 4,500-square-foot co-working space, located within the store.

“We’ve designed this new store with community in mind,” said David Boone, Staples Canada chief executive officer. “With Staples Studio Co-working, a café, the Solution Shop and thousands of new products, this redesigned location is a working and learning hub. We want to bring people together who are focused on personal and professional growth and to be an inspiring, affordable place for entrepreneurs, businesses and students to work, meet and collaborate.”

Staples Studio provides entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses and students access to an innovative and collaborative workspace, featuring lounge spaces, community kitchens, private and shared offices, and meeting rooms fully equipped with modern office furniture and state-of-the-art technology. Entrepreneurs, small businesses, startups and service providers can enjoy a fully equipped office space designed to meet the needs of the ever-growing start-up community, 24/7.

Members will have access to a workspace, with the latest furniture and technology including wireless charging, standing desks, built-in live streaming, meeting rooms and more. Staples Studio also offers support from an on-site community manager and staff, and the use of Spotlight auditorium-style event space. Unlike any other co-working space in Canada, with the in-store Solution Shop nearby, members will also have access to an extended suite of services, including in-house marketing, web design, print and tech services and more.

Access to Studio is available on a membership basis ranging from a drop-in day pass to monthly dedicated private offices. For now, the University Avenue store is the only location in Canada with a Studio space, but Staples plans to roll out the concept to other relevant markets in the future.

“The way we work has changed and we are changing with it,” says Boone. “We’ve listened to what the business community expects from a co-working space and we’re delivering.”

Staples is connecting the creative and entrepreneurial community by providing access to resources and events that engage and inspire through the Spotlight space. Designed as a place to learn, meet and share ideas, Spotlight features a free weekly speaker series that kicks off on Jan. 10 with Joe Mimran, founder of Joe Fresh, former Dragon on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and champion of entrepreneurs.

“We’ve been testing Spotlight for a few weeks now, holding networking events and workshops, and have received tremendous feedback from the creatives and entrepreneurs who have attended,” said Boone. “We’re excited to have it open to the broader public now.”

In keeping with its entrepreneurial spirit, the new store also features a new Mos Mos Coffee location, one of Toronto’s favourite independent coffee shops.

GTA residents are encouraged to join Staples Canada for the store grand opening on Jan. 10 at 8 a.m. The first 100 visitors will receive gift cards valued at up to $100, free Mos Mos brewed coffee and a 10 per cent store-wide discount. Canadians unable to attend are encouraged to let Staples Canada know what would help them work, learn and grow via social media by using #worklearngrow.

Note: free Mos Mos brewed coffee is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. only and does not include specialty drinks or lattes. Limit one per customer.

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