Staples Becomes Latest Retailer to Announce Closings

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Staples is the latest retailer to announce its plans to close some stores nationwide.

Brianne Kirkpatrick shops in person when she can.

"If I can buy something locally, I would go to the store and find it there," said Kirkpatrick.

She may not have the option to shop in person at Staples as the company announced it will close 225 stores by 2015.

What remains unclear is if any Valley stores will close.

"I'm not surprised because this is happening all over the country," said Kirkpatrick.

One example of that is the Harrisonburg Kmart, which will close its doors in June, affecting 79 employees.

"There may be a small impact to begin with, a negative impact, again particularly on the employees. Even driving by if people see a vacant store that doesn't look good for the community," said Frank Tamberrino, the president of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.

As doors close, online stores remain open and half of Staples' sales are online.

"For the convenience of online shopping, that is my preference. It is hard to get out, especially with little kids and get to the store," said Kirkpatrick.

However, physically getting to stores is something Tamberrino thinks will never be replaced.

"The reality is that people are still going to shop for what they need locally, either because they want to support the community and they can get hands on their products before they buy them," said Tamberrino.

According to CNN Money, retailers have more competition online from companies like Amazon; however, customers tend to look at products in person and later buy online. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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