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Romney testimony reveals rocky start at Staples

The company revolutionized the office supply business, but its success was far from guaranteed

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 checkout counter — for far too long.

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