The Post and Courier article on HQ's Future Charleston Locations

June 10, 2016 12:27 AM

A North Carolina chain of co-working spaces is planning a new location in Charleston as the trendy shared offices become increasingly common in the Lowcountry.

HQ Community, which has three locations in North Carolina, hopes to open a co-working office on the peninsula, said Allyson Sutton, the company’s director of marketing.

Details on the project are still limited, Sutton said, and the company is still looking for real estate and local partners. In other cities, the company has found downtown spots near colleges and universities, and it has offered a mix of private office suites and open desks for rent.

HQ Community hopes to have a space lined up by the end of the year, and it’s aiming to open next year.

“There’s a ton of really great energy and attention happening here,” Sutton said. “We would hate to miss the boat and not be here at this prime time when all this great stuff is happening.”

The company opened its flagship office in Raleigh in 2012 before adding locations in Charlotte and Greensboro. It plans to expand to Charleston as part of its goal to become the “largest network of entrepreneurial spaces in the Southeast,” Sutton said.

The company says it sees room in Charleston’s growing tech community to open another co-working space even as others have cropped up over the last year.

Among the new offerings: Daniel Island’s Holy City Collective, Launch Pad on Meeting Street and the Avondale Incubator in West Ashley. Meantime, the Charleston Digital Corridor is planning to break ground this summer on Flagship 3, a new incubator space on Morrison Drive.

Sutton says the company plans to carve out a niche among competition from other co-working businesses by focusing on community-building and connecting its members with business resources. It also gives members access to other cities’ offices.

“We want to take it a step beyond providing an entrepreneur with a flexible, affordable place to work for a day or a month or a year,” Sutton said. “We try to be really intentional about building solid partnerships and connecting our members with resources that they need.”

Originally posted on The Post and Courier and written by Thad Moore

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