A fast-growing Chicago based chain of coworking spaces has responded to the startup community’s growth in the South and opens up today in Raleigh’s Charter Square building. More than 50 percent of its 66 private offices are reserved by startups, small businesses and remote workers from national firms.
November 2, 2015
Raleigh’s Industrious Coworking Space Opens With Offices, Hammocks, Pastries & Beer
Chicago-based Industrious opens 9th workspace for entrepreneurs, small businesses and freelancers in downtown Raleigh's Charter Square building.
A venture-backed startup itself with nine facilities open today and more coming, Industrious is responding to the same trends prompting HQ Raleigh to more than double in size, Loading Dock Raleigh to open and American Underground to add to its footprint in Durham. As the Triangle population continues to grow and our region becomes increasingly known for entrepreneurial opportunities, unique real estate options are needed for early stage firms that have more unpredictable space needs than existing ones.
What Industrious claims makes it different from other coworking facilities is its focus on building a diverse community of coworkers, offering high-end hospitality and building out aesthetically attractive spaces tailored to the creative class. That’s partly why it’s occupying the third floor in Raleigh’s newest class A office building versus an older building or warehouse in the heart of downtown.
When fully leased, Industrious will hold about 200 people. Most will work in private offices that range in size from a single desk to nine workspaces—33 overlook City Plaza and Fayetteville Street. There are also 10 coworking memberships. Month-to-month leases range from $400 for coworking and $600 for the smallest office up to $3800 for the largest ones. All members get access to the coworking area, which is furnished with custom-built wood tables and leather couches and chairs.
Those rates are higher than what’s offered at HQ Raleigh, The Frontier or American Underground, but Industrious believes it’s offering a grown-up coworking space for companies that graduate from those communities.
Here’s how Jaffee describes it: “We’re a hospitality company at heart, and for us, it’s all about helping our members in Raleigh and across the country feel taken care of.”