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Best Raleigh Stores for “Back-to-School” Remote Learning Prep

Parents and students based in Wake County are already expecting a much different return to “school” for the 2020-2021 academic year. While Plan B, that of students rotating between one week of in-class courses and two of online courses, is the default, many families have decided to go with Plan C. Fully remote courses offered through the county’s virtual academy. Click here for more information on WCPSS’ Virtual Academy.

Remote learning means that back-to-school shopping is much less of a necessity than previous years. Most students won’t be needing new clothes, backpacks, binders, water bottles, shoes, or extensive school supply sets. But devices, pencils, pens, notebook paper, earphones, and a short list of other items are all supplies students would be wise to “invest” in. So here’s your list of the top local suppliers that’ll help ensure a smooth transition to remote learning.

Office Depot

4500 Falls of Neuse Rd #120, Raleigh, NC 27609

8111 Creedmoor Rd #131, Raleigh, NC 27613

There are very few things in life that remain consistent, but Office Depot has been and continues to remain the de facto standard for office supply stores. You could easily wipe out your whole back-to-school shopping list in just one visit. This retailer offers everything from office supplies to furniture to cleaning items, breakroom goods, computers, paper, school supplies, and ink. Currently also offering in-store shopping, curbside pickup, and delivery.


8041 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh, NC 27617

3064 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609

Another industry leader, this chain retailer is the perfect one-stop-shop for revamping a student’s home office. Featured categories include business products, school supplies, tech services, shipping supplies, office furniture, computers, cleaning supplies, and ink. Currently offering in-store shopping and curbside pickup.

Kennedy Office

3609 Bastion Ln, Raleigh, NC 27604

Since 1960 Kennedy Office Supply has been delivering a superior selection of brand name office supplies to the greater Raleigh area and beyond. They carry a tremendous array of products from everyday basics like pens, post-its, and paperclips to top of the line InkJoy pens, filing, and organizational solutions.

Alfred Williams & Company

410 S Salisbury St, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601

For over 150 years, Alfred Williams & Company has evolved to become a leader in commercial furniture and interiors. Though not as focused on school supplies, you’ll find everything you need here to create a comfortable, efficient learning space. They even offer a selection of ergonomically designed home office goods. Products include seating, desks and workspaces, tables, storage, accessories, and space division.

W.B. Mason

5825 Triangle Dr, Raleigh, NC 27617

W.B. Mason is the largest independently owned office supply and furniture company in the United States. Shop everything from grocery, household, office supplies, paper, ink & toner, furniture, food service, material handling, coffee, shipping & packaging, school supplies, technology, and more. You can also view their full online shop catalog here.

HWM Office Environments Inc.

3915 Beryl Rd #102, Raleigh, NC 27607

HWM Office Environments Inc. was founded on providing quality office furniture management solutions to accommodate the changing needs of today’s office environment. Their philosophy is that being able to provide a complete office furniture management package will ultimately result in time and cost savings to the customer. For a bit more heavy-duty home office restyling, HWM is your go-to spot.

Relax The Back

4209 Lassiter Mill Rd Ste 108, Raleigh, NC 27609

Beds and home office furniture focused on comfort and ergonomics. An ergonomic office supports your body and ensures a comfortably positioned spine. When your spine is naturally aligned, blood flow increases, as well as focus, alertness, and productivity. Work qualities that each and every student needs when sitting for hours on end. Relax the Back’s popular ergonomic products include standing desks, chairs with lumbar support, and adjustable monitor arms.


4009 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609

PC-Max has the largest selection of refurbished laptops in the Triangle. They offer a large selection of accessories, including adapters, cables, and hard-to-find parts, and laptop repair services. If you or a student in your care needs a fully functional laptop at a budget price, PC-Max is the shop for you.

Best Buy

6280 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27616

4325 Glenwood Ave, Suite 3006, Raleigh, NC 27612

This popular chain retailer provides a little bit of everything for your home. Goods include computers and tablets, cell phones, audio supplies, appliances, cameras, lighting, activity trackers, furniture, decor, and a whole lot of other items.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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