Side note - Office Max recently closed a nearby store, their 1Q2006 Financial Release reports:
During the first quarter of 2006, OfficeMax opened 6 new retail stores and closed 109 stores, ending the quarter with 867 retail stores compared with 940 stores at the end of the first quarter of 2005....during the first quarter of 2006 we closed 109 underperforming domestic superstores
So who is Staples gonna buy out / get bought by / merge with? Oh yeah - these folks. Since 1998, apparently.
But what about W.B. Mason?
Me, I just need to buy some printer ink.