13 April 2005 – West Palm Beach (FL): Office 1 has been awarded an Export Achievement Certificate for its recent accomplishments in the global marketplace.
The certificate was presented by Carlos Guttierez, secretary of commerce in Miami, Florida, and validates Office 1’s franchise distribution system in the OP industry, said the company’s president and CEO Mark Baccash.
The OP franchise is fast extending its global presence, particularly in the Balkan region, where it has just signed a regional developer in Kosovo.
"The developer has 13 years in the stationery business and already has a good customer base," Baccash told opi.net, and on his plans for the region, added: "Kosovo has a population of two million and we are planning some 15 stores. It’s a small region, but this is one more little step ahead."
According to the CEO, Office 1 now boasts: 110 stores in Bulgaria, going to 120 by 2005; four in Macedonia, rising to 15; three in Greece, to go up to eight; 24 in Turkey, to rise to 30; four in Romania, expected to grow to 10; and one in Montenegro.
"Office 1’s objective is to become one of the top five global brands in the OP industry," he added.