A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from April 07, 2011
Office Despot (Office Depot nickname)

Office Depot is an office products and services retailer that began in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, in 1986. The nickname “Office Despot” has been cited in print since at least 1995.

Home Depot has been nicknamed “Home Despot” since at least 1989.

Wikipedia: Office Depot
Office Depot (NYSE: ODP) is a supplier of office products and services. The company’s selection of brand name office supplies includes business machines, computers, computer software and office furniture, while its business services encompass copying, printing, document reproduction, shipping, and computer setup and repair.

An S&P 500 company, Office Depot generates revenues of over US $14 billion annually and has 42,000 employees worldwide. It is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. As of 2011, Office Depot is the third largest retailer of office supplies, behind Staples and OfficeMax.

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From: (Paul Chandler)
Date: 1995/05/11
Subject: Is Pro League Football any good?

Is Pro League Football any good? Office Despot has it on sale for $14.99.

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From: (Robert Westbrook)
Date: 1995/06/27
Subject: PowerBook 520C: Good for flight sims?

When I was fooling with one of these machines at an Office Despot, I noticed the “ghosting” I have read about in the passive screens when I moved the cursor around, and wondered if that would make a flight sim (with its constantly moving picture) unflyable.

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From: (Robert Westbrook)
Date: 1995/07/21
Subject: Re: CANON BJC-800: How to get cartridges?

I’ve found that these carts can be a little hard to find, but the local Office Despot in Shreveport, LA has all the colors for it.

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From: (Urbanophile)
Date: 1999/12/17
Subject: Re: Newspaper nicknames (was Re: Princeton’s attitude problem)

And, while we’re at it, a few store-chain fake names:
Rong-Aid (Rite-Aid)
Section8-Mart (K-Mart)
PetFart (Pet Smart)
Home Repo (Home Depot)
Office Despot (Office Depot)

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TechTV’s technology survival guide
By Lorna Gentry
Indianapolis, IN: Que
Pg. 158:
But the happy glow of new software ownership quickly fades when you discover that your neighbor bought the accounting package for less than half of what you paid for it at the local Office Despot Software Department Store.

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Nickname that store
November 30, 2010 8:53 AM
Office despot.
Home Despot.
posted by Lucinda at 9:01 AM on November 30, 2010

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • (0) Comments • Thursday, April 07, 2011 • Permalink