Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy met Sept. 7 with representatives from Staples at the company’s headquarters in Framingham, Mass., to discuss landscaping and signage at Staples’ Merrimon Avenue location, with a goal of finding a mutually acceptable resolution to the community’s concerns about those issues.
Bellamy met with Paul Capelli, Staples’ vice president of public relations; Ted Frumkin, regional vice president of real estate; Andrew Thorpe, vice president of retail design and facilities management; and Amy Shanler, director of public relations.
The Staples team agreed to add landscaping, including a “green screen” to soften the store’s appearance from the street, and to share the report from the landscape contractor concerning the trees and shrubs planted previously. Those plants allegedly had been poisoned and killed through an act of vandalism, the company said.
Staples also agreed to explore the redesign of the store’s signage, which remains a sore point with many local Staples foes. A follow-up meeting is planned in approximately 30 days, Bellamy’s office said.
“This was a very positive meeting,” Bellamy said. “I am looking forward to our next meeting, and to seeing constructive action take place.”
— Hal L. Millard, staff writer