In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
I am opposed to the Staples merger; they are already the only office-supply store locally, as Office Max moved away in the last couple of years. I cannot think of a single independent office-supply store left in the area. I am concerned that this is not being done in the best interest of we customers or even of the Staples chain itself-Sycamore Partners seems to be following in the "raiding" pattern of the hedge funds, including but not only Bain Capital, that destroyed KayBee Toys and Toys R Us, leaving customers and employees alike out in the cold, without employment, pension, or a place to shop. One poignant item in our local paper, The Record, was an anecdote about a child who said to her favorite Toys R Us clerk, "Maybe you can work for Santa at the North Pole"! Please deny this merger and view future such combinations with a careful and skeptical eye.