After a nearly yearlong stalemate between the city and the Staples office-supply company, a face-to-face is finally in the cards. On Sept. 7, Mayor Terry Bellamy will visit Staples headquarters in Framingham, Mass., to discuss issues surrounding the Merrimon Avenue store, including it’s controversial sign.
The sit-down follows repeated requests from the city for a meeting with Staples executives. So far, communication from the company has been limited to letters. In one such letter, sent to Bellamy in January, Staples Vice President of Real Estate Ted Frumpkin said the company has no plans to change the sign.
In related news, Staples has also complained to the city about the mysterious deaths of plants in the store’s landscaping strip, and alleges that vandals poisoned the plants.
“I thought you should know what we are dealing with here,” reads a June e-mail from Frumpkin to Bellamy. For more on that story, pick up the Sept. 5 issue of Xpress.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer