Covid is Making Many Offices Obsolete. Here’s What Happens to Them Next.


December 10, 2021



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“There’s just not a lot of need for big-floor-plate, white-elephant suburban office buildings,” in and around cities like New York and Chicago, said Steve Poulos, chief executive of industrial real-estate developer Bridge Industrial.

Some of these white elephants will follow the Allstate campus in the service of e-commerce, becoming fulfillment centers for booming online retail. This is especially appealing for offices located in crowded cities where retailers face a scarcity of last-mile warehouses. Bridge, which bid on Allstate’s headquarters, is in contract to buy several office properties in a number of major U.S. cities and convert them to distribution facilities, Mr. Poulos said.


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