Staples was founded in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts by Leo Kahn and Thomas Stemberg.
In 1991, the company expanded to Canada under the name “The Business Depot”. These stores were all later renamed to Staples.
In 1996, Staples became a Fortune 500 company and announced plans to merge with Office Depot. The merger was stopped by the FTC.
In 1998, the company acquired the naming rights to the Staples Center, the NBA stadium of the Los Angeles Lakers.
In 2004, the company expanded to Austria and Denmark.
Today, there are over 2200 Staples locations in 26 countries and is one of the world’s largest office supply chains.