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OfficeMax Opens Eighth Store in Philadelphia to Serve Growing Business Community

PHILADELPHIA, PA, July 15, 2005

Four-Day Celebration Includes $1,000 Shopping Sprees, How-To Workshops for Small Business and Consumers
ITASCA, Ill., June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

OfficeMax(R) (NYSE: OMX), one of the nation’s largest office supply retailers, responds to local business and consumer needs by opening its eighth Philadelphia superstore. In celebration, the new store, located in Whitman Square, will host a four-day grand opening celebration Thursday through Sunday, July 21 – 24. The celebration will include a business networking event, shopping spree giveaways and how-to workshops for businesses and consumers.

Opening-day festivities on Thursday, July 21 include a chance to win the first of four $1,000 shopping sprees, how-to business seminars, a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony with local dignitaries and a catered OfficeMax business leadership event from 4 – 7 P.M., which is open to the public.

The 20,000 square-foot OfficeMax store, located at 9755 Roosevelt Blvd. in Whitman Square, will employ approximately 35 full- and part-time associates. The store is the eighth in Philadelphia, and is one of 40 new stores nationwide OfficeMax plans to open in 2005.

“We have seen a lot of new business development in Northeast Philadelphia,” said Harold Mulet, executive vice president – retail stores, OfficeMax. “We are pleased to open our new store in this growing area to help these businesses get the products and service they need to operate successfully.”

OfficeMax’s four-day grand opening celebration will continue through Sunday, July 24. Each day, shoppers can enter a chance to win a $1,000 OfficeMax shopping spree, and 100 customers will receive free goody bags filled with office supplies. Free business workshops and informational seminars will be offered through Saturday.

The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. OfficeMax has named Bob Rossi as the store’s general manager. The store’s phone number is (215) 676-8720.

About OfficeMax(R) Incorporated
OfficeMax(R) Incorporated is a leader in both business-to-business office product solutions and retail office products. OfficeMax delivers an unparalleled customer experience – in service, in product, in time savings, and in value – through a relentless focus on its customers. The company provides office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions, and furniture to large, medium and small businesses and consumers. OfficeMax customers are served by more than 40,000 associates through direct sales, catalogs, Internet and nearly 1,000 superstores. OfficeMax trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol OMX. To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX or more information can be found at http://www.officemax.com/ .

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SOURCE: OfficeMax Incorporated
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