BOCA RATON, FL—Retail experts had predicted that a merger between Office Depot and OfficeMax would result in some locations going dark, and so it will come to pass. Now known as Office Depot Inc., the office supplies retailer said Tuesday it would close at least 400 locations across the US, about 20% of its worldwide total.

“One of our 2014 critical priorities is to improve our store footprint in North America to best meet customer demand, ensure we are appropriately positioned in the markets we serve, and align with our unique selling proposition which we are developing this year,” says CEO Roland Smith. “The overlapping retail footprint resulting from the merger provides us with a unique opportunity to consolidate and optimize our store portfolio, while maintaining the retail presence necessary to serve our customers.”

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