Office Depot was founded in 1986 by F. Patrick Sher and Jack Kopkin. The first location was located in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida.
In 1988, the company went public on the NYSE.
There were many acquisitions and mergers in the 90s, the 50th store was opened in 1995.
The OfficeDepot.com website was launched in 1998.
In 2000’s there was a major expansion into Europe. In 2005, the 1000th location was opened in Countryside, Illinois.
In late 2013, Office Depot and OfficeMax merged.
In February 2015, Staples announced it would purchase Office Depot for $6.3 Billion. The merger was ultimately blocked by the FTC.
Today, there are over 1600 locations worldwide. The Office Depot corporate office is located in Boca Raton, FL.