It was early 1987, and Mitt Romney was shopping. And he was angry. He was walking the aisles of Staples, a little-known retail store his firm had bet $1.5 million on so far, and picking up office supplies. Then he waited in line at the check-out counter -- for far too long. To Romney, then CEO of Bain Capital, a superstore with low prices was a good idea, but there were big problems. Staples went on to become a runaway success, but court documents offer a new glimpse into its rocky early days.
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