- change ups
Office supplier moves into downtown
Downtown Grand Rapids is the place to be if you’re a local technology company.
That’s the mindset of Greg Duggins, general manager of Konica Minolta’s Grand Rapids branch, which sells a portfolio of document-management products, including printers, and IT services.
Duggins’ branch will soon be moving into a 2,153-square-foot space in the first floor of the LEED-certified Bicycle Factory building, at 201 Front Ave. SW.
Duggins’ said the branch has been located for the last 10 years in an approximately 3,500-square-foot space in Grand Rapids, off 28th Street, at 2650 Horizon Dr. SE.
“We wanted to be downtown, because it’s where everything is happening,” Duggins said. “And we’re a technology company, and we want to be where the other technology companies are. I can’t wait to move.”
Konica Minolta hopes to be moved in by the end of September.
About 20-25 employees, many of whom work from home, will use the space.
Duggins added that the branch has been expanding by about two employees every year.
Konica Minolta has signed a five-year lease with the building’s landlords: McGraw Construction in Grand Rapids and Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Co.
Jeff Tucker of Signature Associates in Grand Rapids, part of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance, brokered the deal.
The space is being built out to turn it into an open office, with lounge seating and plenty of showroom space.
“The way we operate as an organization is it’s all collaborative,” Duggins said. “It’s not just one individual working with a client. It’s a team approach.
“In an office space, we need to have that collaboration, and we don’t need barriers and walls. It’s also more exciting and engaging for the employees. You’re not stuck in a cube world.”