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OFFICEMAX NAMES JOHN MARTIN PRESIDENT OF RETAIL STORES

CLEVELAND, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- OfficeMax, Inc. (NYSE: OMX), the Cleveland-based office products superstore chain, today announced that John Martin, age 45, has been promoted from Executive Vice President of Store Operations, to the newly-created position of President, Retail Stores.

"John Martin's promotion will streamline the Company's overall operation, putting one executive in charge of all retail store operations, merchandise, marketing, distribution, store human resources and training," stated Michael Feuer, OfficeMax's chairman and chief executive officer.

Mr. Martin joined OfficeMax in March 1992 as a Vice President, Merchandise Manager, and after several months, assumed responsibility for the integration and development of the Company's two major acquisitions, the June 1992, 50 store OW Office Warehouse store group, followed by the 103 BizMart stores in March 1993. In March 1994, Mr. Martin was promoted from Senior Vice President, to Executive Vice President of Store Operations. During the past two years, Mr. Martin has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the Company's various retail store formats, including its store-within-a- store concepts FurnitureMax and CopyMax, which are devoted to office furniture and the print-for-pay market, respectively.

Mr. Martin has almost 25 years of retail distribution and merchandise experience. He began his retail career with Colgate Palmolive in 1976, later moving to Dollar General Corporation. Mr. Martin then joined the discount store group of Federated Department Stores in 1979, where he held various management positions, including a vice president, divisional merchandise manager post with Richway Stores in Atlanta, Georgia, and Federated's then discount store division, Gold Circle, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. After leaving Federated in 1988, he joined Boston Distributors, Inc. as Senior Vice President, Merchandising, a then multi-million dollar merchandiser-distributor, servicing over 1,000 retail stores in the mass merchandise and drug store industries.

"The creation of this position is in recognition of the Company's expansion plans for the balance of this century and the need to ensure that OfficeMax has solid leadership in all areas of its operation," said Mr. Feuer.

In addition to its chain of over 470 office products superstores and delivery centers, OfficeMax also operates FurnitureMax(SM) and CopyMax(SM) store-within-a-store retailing concepts devoted exclusively to office furniture and to "print-for-pay" services. The Company also operates OfficeMax OnLine(SM), which enables subscribers of on-line services, including America Online, CompuServe, internetMCI, Prodigy and The Microsoft Network, to buy a wide assortment of OfficeMax merchandise using their personal computers.
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/CONTACT: Juris Pagrabs, Director of Investor Relations, of OfficeMax, Inc., 216-295-6698/

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