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June 10, 2020 | Tom Ballard

One co-working group expanding, two others are closing

Among the developments we’ll be watching over the next few months are plans for expansion, retraction or just survival of co-working communities across the country. Many of these sites closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are slowly reopening. We are curious about this trend, particularly from other parts of the country.

In that vein, we recently came across three of note for different reasons.

  • COhatch, a coworking company based in the Columbus, OH area, is continuing its plans for expansion despite facing a pandemic that has hit its industry particularly hard. Cincy Inno reports that COhatch will open two new spaces in the Cincinnati area in the coming months with bold expansion plans that call for eventually having eight more locations in the Queen City.
  • Conversely, The Riveter, a Seattle-based company focused women-oriented coworking and events, has announced plans to shutter its nine locations in the Southwest, Northwest, and West Coast. “It’s shifting gears to focus on an online community that will feature online networking, mentoring and more,” according to an article in Austin Inno.
  • Finally, a combination co-working space and retail collective in Durham named The Mothership is closing. According to this article in INDY Weekly, the facility “offered homey, humane coworking space in an increasingly slick, technocratic city; gave a brick-and-mortar home to local artisans otherwise relegated to websites and pop-up markets; enriched the city’s cultural life with everything from concerts to writers’ salons; forged its own model of cooperative woman-led business; and made it work for eight years, which might as well be 20 in Durham-development time.”

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