Office Depot, which merged with OfficeMax in 2013, is in the midst of closing 165 stores this year.

Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

The Office Depot at 7220 E. Broadway is closing its doors permanently at the end of business Sept. 6. Merchandise has been discounted by 30 to 50 percent.

“The overlapping retail footprint created by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax provides us a unique opportunity to consolidate and optimize our store portfolio, while maintaining the retail presence needed to serve our customers,” said company spokeswoman Julianne Embry.

Office Depot Inc. plans to close about 400 stores in the U.S. over the next several years, 165 of those by the end of this year.

At stores closing, eligible employees will be provided a severance package, Embry said. “Also, where possible, we are working with our associates to identify open opportunities in our neighboring stores or in other areas within the company.”

Embry would not comment on whether other locations nearby will be closing. There are nine other Office Depot and OfficeMax locations in the Tucson area, including an OfficeMax on East Broadway at Craycroft Road.

Angela Pittenger