Industrious will take 52K sf at Blackstone’s Willis Tower

Flex-office provider’s deal at skyscraper is among few bright spots for scuffling Chicago office market

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Oct.October 12, 2020 02:16 PM
Jamie Hodari, CEO of Industrious and Lisa Picard, CEO of EQ Office with Willis Tower (Industrious; iStock, VTS)

Jamie Hodari, CEO of Industrious and Lisa Picard, CEO of EQ Office with Willis Tower (Industrious; iStock, VTS)

UPDATED, Oct. 15, 2020, 8:46 a.m.: In a work-from-home world, Industrious is still betting on the office.

The flexible-office provider has agreed to take 52,000 square feet at Blackstone Group’s Willis Tower, according to Crain’s. A representative for Industrious told The Real Deal it was not a traditional lease, but a revenue-sharing agreement with Blackstone.

The deal is a rare bit of good news for the Chicago office market, which has sputtered as companies exit leases and scale back on their space. Industrious competitor WeWork recently decided to leave Fulton Market.

The Willis Tower location will be Industrious’ eighth in the city, according to the report. The lease agreement points to how the industry is hedging risk in the Chicago office market amid uncertainty created by the pandemic.

“Current events are reinforcing the importance of flexibility and adaptability for every organization,” said David Moore of Blackstone’s EQ Office unit, in a statement to Crain’s.

Last month, Cushman & Wakefield announced it would partner with Industrious, which has about 100 locations in 50 cities.

Other real estate services firms have expanded their flex-office businesses, including CBRE, which launched Hana in 2018. The company opened its 10th location in September. [Crain’s] — Orion Jones

This article now reflects that the deal between Industrious and Blackstone is not a traditional lease.


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