Office Max in Lilburn closing

LAWRENCEVILLE - Office Max Inc. is closing its Lilburn store, a spokesman said Friday.

The decision to shutter the location at 4235 U.S. Highway 78 is part of the company's larger plan to close 110 underperforming Office Max locations across the United States.

Office Max will also shelve Georgia stores in Albany, Buckhead, Doraville, Morrow and Tucker, spokesman Bill Bonner said. The Tasca, Ill.-based company will maintain more than 20 stores in Georgia, he said.

Office Max, which has struggled against industry rival Staples, said it would start closing stores during the first quarter of this year. Each store is typically up to 30,000-square feet and employs 20 workers.

The company said it plans to open 70 new prototype stores this year in high-growth markets. Once all the dust settles, Office Max said it will end the year with nearly 887 stores, about 40 fewer than it has now.