Office Depot moving into vacant Circuit City building

A customer inspects a large selection of folders and binders Wednesday at Office Depot, which will be moving into the vacant Circuit City building next door.

Office Depot in Grand Junction is moving, but it isn’t going far.

The big-box retail outlet is moving into the abandoned Circuit City building located next door at 2449 U.S. Highway 6&50, company officials said.

Melissa Perlman, spokeswoman for the Boca Raton, Fla.-based business, said the company decided to move into the smaller but newer building because the size more closely fits its new focus.

“It reduces the size, which is important because our new store formats are smaller for ease of shopping, and to make them warmer, friendlier,” she said. “We’re remodeling stores across the country that are featuring a number of upgrades with specifically the customer in mind. That includes colorful and clear signage, carpeted floors for a warmer feel, and a friendly, simple-to-navigate floor plan.”

The store’s current location is a 30,000-square-foot building that was built in 1982 on a 4.2-acre lot.

The new location, which became vacant when Circuit City closed nationwide last year, is 10,000-square-feet smaller, but that doesn’t mean it will reduce the size of its staff or product line, Perlman said.

The 20 full-time and part-time workers will remain. The only difference is the store’s layout will be more compact and organized based on product lines, she said.

The 20,000-square-foot Circuit City building, located on a 1.8-acre lot, was built in 1998.

Perlman said the monthly lease is about the same, but she declined to reveal the amount.

Renovation is to start soon, with the new location opening by October, she said.

“We’ll have core office supplies on one side of the store and consumer electronics on the opposite side, with all of them designed for optimability and ease of purchase,” Perlman said. “The customers will be able to touch and feel the technology products more. Our furniture area has also been updated with additional product lines and will be at the back of the store.”

The store will continue to offer printing and mail-packaging services, but it will be near the front of the store rather than the rear.

It wasn’t immediately known what will happen with Office Depot’s existing building, which is owned by a San Francisco firm, 2GW Inc., according to Mesa County Assessor property records.


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