Office Centre acquires Staples’ German retail activities
Oaklins served as exclusive buy-side advisor to the shareholders of Office Centre, the leading supplier of office supplies and equipment to the Dutch SME market. Office Centre operates through its Office Centre and KantoorExpert brands in the Netherlands.
Our partnership with Oaklins works because we both believe in never settling until we deliver excellence.Frans Davelaar, CEO and shareholder of Office Centre
The company’s Office Centre brand was re-introduced after the shareholders acquired the Dutch retail activities of Staples in 2018. The former retail activities of Staples Germany will also be rebranded and incorporated within the organization. With this acquisition, the company's network of over 40 retail locations in the Netherlands is expanded with approximately 60 locations in Germany. Online activities will now include the German market as well. Frans Davelaar, CEO and shareholder of Office Centre, states: “We are excited to work together with the German team. Together we’ll have the opportunity to expand our success and further strengthen our presence in North-western Europe. We would like to thank the Oaklins team who did an excellent job in providing expert advice throughout the process. They have been alongside us, believing and supporting us when this next big step came along. Our partnership works because we also believe in never settling until we deliver excellence.”
The Oaklins’ transaction team consisted of Adse de Kock and Sander van ‘t Spijker. Adse de Kock, who led the transaction on behalf of Oaklins, commented: “This is our second transaction for Office Centre within a year. We are very proud that we had the opportunity to work again with the shareholders and to contribute to the company’s success.”
About Office Centre
Office Centre is the leading supplier of office equipment to the Dutch SME market. The company operates through the Office Centre and KantoorExpert brands. In 2018, KantoorExpert acquired the Dutch retail activities from Staples and rebranded these to the former Office Centre brand. Office Centre is headquartered in Almere.
Staples Europe is the leading provider of workplace products, services and solutions to small, mid-sized and large businesses in Europe. The company operates through three business channels: retail, online and advantage, its B2B division. Staples Europe is owned by Cerberus, the US-based private equity firm.
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