Coworking franchisor doubling down on explosive growth with second Charleston-area location
BOULDER, Colo. – Office Evolution, the largest coworking franchisor in the U.S., is further expanding its footprint with a new location in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, which is slated to open in June 2019.
Located at 1501 Belle Isle Avenue, the 7,300 square-foot center is operated by Andrew Fry. As a believer in the coworking category and Office Evolution brand, Fry also owns the original Charleston location, which opened in May 2017. The new office space will service small-business owners in the Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, West Ashley, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and surrounding areas.
“Office Evolution has been welcomed and well-received in Charleston, and Mount Pleasant should be no different,” said Fry. “Mount Pleasant, the fourth largest city in South Carolina, is growing rapidly and has become a hub for home-based and professional businesses. With the growing tech and entrepreneurial eco-system in the Charleston area, Office Evolution will fit right into the growth mode of the city.”
No stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit, Fry built a 31-year career in institutional banking, working as an executive in institutional trust and global custody. Responsibilities included overseeing large bank operations, client management and global service delivery for institutional investors. Not ready to retire, Fry was intrigued by Office Evolution’s unique business model and growth positioned in the booming coworking industry. He is joined by his area manager Beth Sansone, who will operate both Charleston locations. A University of South Carolina graduate, Sansone comes from a career in management and marketing, and has been with Office Evolution for the past two years.
“I have really enjoyed becoming part of the fabric of the entrepreneurial eco-system in Charleston and look forward to expanding our Office Evolution family,” added Fry.
Office Evolution, with 62 locations open and nearly 80 in various stages of development, is the largest coworking franchise and the fourth largest network in the U.S. The model is based on local owners who are committed to serving their community, backed by the resources and distribution of a national brand and network is unique to the category. With more than 24 million non-employer businesses in the U.S. and more than 3.5 million U.S. businesses with four employees or less, demand for shared office space is high.
“We are proud of our Ohana, and we are thrilled to see Andrew continue to grow his business in Charleston,” Office Evolution COO and Global Workspace Association Board Member William Edmundson said. “With his passion for community, entrepreneurial spirit and professional background positions he will continue to provide Mount Pleasant business owners with workspace and services that enhance business performance. Our rapidly expanding network of workspaces is home for business owners living in the suburbs who need a place to realize dreams. Owners such as Andrew bring the ideal experience set to ensure our members have the space to do their thing!”
With dedicated work spaces, including private offices, conference rooms and shared workspace, Office Evolution has solutions for every business. There are also phone-answering services, address & mail services and other professional capabilities to make each small-business owner exceed their goals.
“It is people like Andrew who open not one, but two Office Evolution spaces that help propel the brand further,” said Mark Hemmeter, founder and CEO of Office Evolution. “We are thrilled to watch him take the next step in his journey and look forward to his continued growth and success. He is living proof of entrepreneurs living out their goals.”
To learn more about Office Evolution in Mount Pleasant, visit: https://www.officeevolution.com/locations/mount-pleasant
About Office Evolution
Founded in 2003 and franchising since 2012, the Colorado-based company is the largest coworking franchisor in the U.S. With 62 locations open and nearly 80 in various stages of development, Office Evolution is leading the workplace revolution that is projected to see nearly 30 percent of all office space become shared office space by 2030, according to a JLL report. Office Evolution is currently operating in 23 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. For more information, please visit https://www.officeevolution.com/