It’s been hard to miss Staples — both on Merrimon Avenue and in the headlines. The store’s sign and faux-brick facade set off alarms with community groups, while the company’s steadfastness in the face of requests by Asheville City Council furrowed brows with frustration.
Now, Staples is coming out into the light in a joint press conference with the city.
The meeting is open to the public, and will be held Monday, Jan. 28, at the Public Works Facility, 161 S. Charlotte St.
Considering the buzz around town, we are expecting a packed house.
The full press release from the city of Asheville is below.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer
City of Asheville & Staples
January 23, 2008
City of Asheville Staples
Contact: Laurie Saxton Local Contact: Kathi Petersen Corporate Contact: Amy Shanler,
Phone: (828) 259-5981 Phone: (828) 712-1286 Director of Public Relations
Cell: (828) 552-1311 Phone: (508) 253-6709
MAJOR FOCUS & SPEAKERS:
The City of Asheville and Staples will host a joint press conference to present proposed site enhancements for the Staples store on Merrimon Avenue. The proposal is expected to include elements that would soften the building’s overall appearance and reduce the size of its signage. Speakers at the event will include City of Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy; Ted Frumkin, Vice President of Real Estate, Staples; and Andrew Thorpe, Vice President of Facilities Management, Staples. The public is invited to attend the presentation.
City of Asheville Public Works Facility, 161 S. Charlotte St., Rooms A109-111
Monday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m.
For the past several months, Staples has been working closely with Mayor Terry Bellamy to develop solutions that address community concerns raised about the store on Merrimon Avenue. Mayor Bellamy traveled to the Staples corporate offices in Framingham, Mass., in early September to ask Staples to consider alternatives that would enhance the Merrimon Avenue site. Staples has worked since then to develop a proposal addressing community concerns and is traveling to Asheville to publicly present its ideas.