Change is in the air, some of it more lasting than others. As a deadline approaches, there might be a significant one on the horizon for Giant Eagle. Reports have reached us that the retailer may be moving its corporate headquarters, currently based in O'Hara Township, as the end of its lease approaches.
"Prior to the pandemic, our three leased office spaces housed more than 800 corporate team members. While the majority of these team members will continue to support our stores and retail support centers by working remotely for the foreseeable future, there are core teams in areas such as IT and advertising that continue critical work in these offices," said Dick Roberts of Roberts Communication Firm, Giant Eagle's PR firm, in an email to Pittsburgh Business Times.
As the lease wraps up in March of 2021 the question is raised: has the pandemic created the perfect storm of incentives for the retailer to make its move?
"In the coming weeks, we will open office spaces in Lawrenceville and the Strip District to corporate team members who require ad hoc work spaces at any given time," Roberts continued.
The new Lawrenceville space is housed within the Tech Mill office building that the company announced last year as a tech annex for over 150 employees. The office offers a downsized 23,000 square-foot space that could fit the changing needs of the business while the Strip District Facility is a warehouse-and-office facility made up of a series of warehouse facilities that have long been of interest to Giant Eagle, according to the report.
The building that Giant Eagle occupies now totals over 70,000 square feet, along with the two others. The move would mean a considerable downsize due to the changing work environment that the company, along with many others across the country, are facing due to COVID-19.
"We will require team members to reserve desired dates for use of the spaces, and are implementing a variety of sanitization practices to ensure that all work can be performed safely. As we move forward, we will continue to explore all opportunities to set our team members up for success to best meet the needs of our communities," Roberts said.
As March 2021 approaches and the pandemic continues to change the landscape for one of the region's largest private companies and employers, it is not yet clear what moves, if any, Giant Eagle will make in terms of its office holdings. Stay tuned as this story develops.