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Co-working franchise Office Evolution is opening its fourth Georgia facility, this time in Roswell. Situated at the heart of the historic district, the franchise, owned and operated by CVS Developer Mark Gottlieb and marketing professional Jackie Blyth, is set to open in October, at 821 Atlanta Street.
“Not all coworking concepts are created equal and not all are vast open areas stuffed with Millennials and Gen Z,” Gottlieb said in a prepared statement. “Businesses are now shifting to more suburban, residential locations and tapping a variety of office environments–some as a result of the onset of COVID-19, some as part of the natural ebb and flow of the business cycle. Regardless, many employers now realize that remote work setups actually result in increased productivity with employees in a safe, flexible environment closer to home.”
The franchise owners invested more than $3 million to acquire and renovate the nearly 30-year-old office building and construction is currently underway. “Our focus for Office Evolution is to provide an approachable, productive environment for solopreneurs and small- to medium-sized businesses – the best of a traditional office with professional support staff, top-of-the-line technology and sophisticated, collaborative space with the flexibility and affordability that is necessary for their business success,” Blyth said. “We look at this as a quality of life enhancement for our members.”
Plans for the 10,600-square-foot, single-story facility includes 43 fully furnished private offices, two drop-in work areas, two large meeting rooms, and a 1,000-square-foot multi-functional training and event space. Approximately 25 percent of the space is dedicated to open, shared workspace. Other amenities include a full-time office manager/concierge, designated parking, internet, a complimentary snack and beverage bar, staffed reception, and live telephone answering during business hours. Members have 24/7 key-card access to their offices as well as privileges at more than 70 other Office Evolution business centers throughout the country.
“Coworking space is really life full-circle for me,” Gottlieb said. In 1997, he launched his real estate firm MetroGroup Development utilizing a Roswell-based coworking space as the
company’s headquarters for their first several years . Blyth, meanwhile, is a 20-year veteran of
marketing and business technology, and currently serves as director of vertical markets for Roswell-based Convey Services, a marketing technology company.
Office Evolution is currently located in Alpharetta’s Avalon, 56 Perimeter Center in Dunwoody, and a soon-to-open Johns Creek location. Gottlieb and Blyth are seeking to expand immediately eyeing northeast Atlanta neighborhoods for their second location.