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Staples upgrades its Framingham headquarters

Office-supply giant Staples Inc., which looks to reinvent itself as a more nimble Internet retailer, said it has just reinvented its brick-and-mortar headquarters in Framingham.

The reinvention includes a “more open and collaborative floor plan” and a cafeteria where options include healthful chow, the company said in a press release.

There’s also a 9,500-square-foot-fitness center managed by Plus One Health Management.

And in an effort to keep morale as toned up as employee physiques, the company added that it is establishing the Staples Share Fund, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization founded and funded by associate and corporate contributions.

The fund is designed to offer relief for Staples associates in need of financial assistance due to events such as natural disasters, catastrophic events, or other circumstances beyond their control. Staples says it has agreed to match contributions up to $1 million.

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John Burke, the company’s chief culture officer, addressed some of the changes in a statement.

“The health and well-being of Staples associates is paramount to the company’s success,” Burke said. “We’re investing in our greatest asset, our associates, to make sure they have a world-class work environment and the resources they need to feel fit and energized.”


Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.