POLL: Staples Nears Opening Day, Will You Shop There?

The office store giant is scheduled to open Saturday, Oct. 1. Will you go?

Anyone who's driven down West Napa Street in recent months has noticed construction and landscape crews putting in the final touches on the new Staples store, set to open amidst resident .

Despite the Planning Commission's attempts in April of the new office supply super-store – which opens its doors this Saturday, Oct. 1 – the design looks, well, like a Staples.

Check out our photos at right – the famous red logo went up last month, and last weekend landscaping crews were putting the finishing touches on some shrubs and gravel.

Perhaps to soothe the spirits of spurned locals, the Staples Foundation, the philanthropic wing of the retail giant, is making a $2,500 donation to the to celebrate the opening of the 14,336-square-foot facility.

According to Staples headquarters, the store will host a copy and print center, an in-store electronics recycling facility, and will employ about 20 "full and part-time" associates.

It will be open late: Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

During city debates, many members of the public said they would  boycott the office super giant, choosing to spend their supply dollars at locally owned stores such as or .

But now it's game time.

Let us know where you'll be buying your notepads and computer paper in our poll:

Larry Cereghino September 29, 2011 at 02:06 PM
yes thiers a new store in town..but it has given jobs to people who live here...I shop staple's all the time..prices are good and they have almost every thing you need.. beats running all over town..
Alexis Fitts September 29, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Thanks for the comment Larry! Looks like most people who've voted agree with you.
T.M. September 29, 2011 at 04:18 PM
While I was disappointed that Staples was moving into our small town, now that it is here, I will shop there. Why generate the tax dollars for Napa or Petaluma if I can meet my small business purchase needs here in town?
Mark September 29, 2011 at 04:19 PM
At I first was really not very happy about Staples coming to town. I didn't want them to run Copy Store & More or SV Office Supply out of town. Then I began to think about how Staples doesn't just throw darts at a map to determine where the set up their stores, obviously they have done their homework and believe that Sonoma is capable of sustaining a 14k+ square foot store. So really, if SV Office Supply goes under because of this, it's not Staples' fault. This demand for office supplies has been around for some time now and if SV Office Supply could not meet the demand, then it is only natural that someone else come in and meet it. So while I am very sad to see another locally owned business potentially go, I no longer blame Staples. That said, I will continue to give Copy Store & More all my copying business, and encourage others to do so as well, as they are a great store and give back to the community whenever they can.
Pamela September 29, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Absolutely! Saves me the trouble of running to Petaluma for copies or office supplies. I used to frequent Patt's Copy World, and I am a big believer in shopping local. But more than one bad customer service experience there turned me off and I began relying on Fedex/Kinkos or Staples in Petaluma. Then there's the price difference: Patt's charged me 2.50 for something Office Depot in Napa did for .11 cents. ELEVEN CENTS! Welcome to the community Staples, I will gladly shop at your store.
Peter September 29, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Staples will not make a profit in Sonoma. If Office Max on Santa Rosa Ave in Santa Rosa went under what makes anyone think that a Sonoma Staples will make money? Do what you want. It's a free country. I suppose if Eraldi's went out of business a lot of folks in this town wouldn't give a hoot either. It is the small town Mom and Pop stores that define a town, a place and make it special. If you spend your money at a local Mom and Pop independent such as Eraldi's, Readers Books or WileyKelly Beads and Jewelry, more or your hard earned dollar stays in Sonoma. Vote with your wallet and don't shop at Staples Sonoma. If I wanted to live in a place that had no charm or character I'd live in Rhonert Park. I choose to live in Sonoma because of its small town flavor.
Dana Frank September 29, 2011 at 07:20 PM
For those who prefer a locally owned and operated business there is Sonoma Valley Office Supply. You can also set up a direct commercial account with SVOS’s dba Bear Flag Office Products for prices that meet and beat those that Staples offers. Free delivery the next business day. 707-364-1260 Knowledgeable service with a smile.
Katie Dusak September 29, 2011 at 10:40 PM
I think that opening a Staples in Sonoma, while yes it will supply jobs, will also open the door to other big box stores. When that location was first developed Walmart wanted in. So should we really lower our standards? We have local businesses that could survive with our support. Sorry, but that is what I think. Whenever possible, I shop local. Which is almost daily. We need to keep our community going and the people that live and work here. Actually, how many locals did Staples hire?
JB October 01, 2011 at 04:08 AM
Out of 20 employees, 17 are locals.
anonymous December 07, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Actually Peter, we generally hit our $10,000 mark by about 12 noon - 1p.m. With that said, you said it- Do what you want, it's a free country. What most people want, unfortunately for you, is to spend less money on things they can. thanx!- a Sonoma staples employee, and life- long member of Sonoma.


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