FULTON MARKET — Next fall, Google plans to expand its footprint in the West Loop by leasing more office space in Fulton Market.
Last week, Google announced it would be expanding its office space in the West Loop. The tech giant said it will be leasing six floors at Sterling Bay’s new 12-story building at 210 N. Carpenter St. — a building once pitched as a “vendor village” for companies that work with McDonald’s.
The new office space will be located a block south from Google’s Midwest headquarters at 1000 W. Fulton.
Google plans to use the new office space to “accommodate additional short-term and long-term growth of our Chicago office,” said Karen Sauder, site lead for Google Chicago.
“What started out as a small sales office has now grown to house some of Google’s most critical teams with roughly over 1,000 employees working across product, engineering, technical infrastructure, advertising and more,” Sauder said in a statement.
When it opened in December 2015, 650 employees were slated to work out of Google’s Midwest headquarters at 1K Fulton.
The Tribune first reported Google’s expansion. The company will lease nearly 132,000 square feet of office space in the Carpenter building and plans to start moving into the building in fall 2019. Google will occupy six floors when fully moved in — floors 4 through 7, 11 and 12.
Andy Gloor, managing principal of Sterling Bay, said the developer is excited Google is expanding their footprint in Fulton Market.
“The company’s Midwest headquarters at 1KFulton has proven to be a great asset to this thriving community and we are confident that the [new] space… will serve as an excellent additional home for their growing team,” Gloor said.
Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said he anticipated the expansion and called the announcement “fantastic news.”
“I think we haven’t hit the tip of the iceberg [in terms of] technology companies, and other tech-related companies moving to West Loop,” Burnett said.
After Google decided to move into West Loop, Burnett remembers an influx of commercial and residential developers wanting to develop around Google’s yet-unfinished Fulton Market headquarters.
“Everyone was speculating, and they must have got the indication [of growth] from other areas where Google had been,” he said.
The alderman anticipates the Google expansion will attract more tech-related businesses to the area.
Carla Agostinelli, executive director of the West Loop Community Organization, welcomed Google’s expansion calling it “a very big deal” for the West Loop.
The expansion will bring more office workers to the area that will patronize the West Loop’s restaurants and retail businesses, Agostinelli said.
In August, the Tribune reported that Google was close to finalizing a lease on a 14,000-square-foot-retail store between 845 and 853 W. Randolph St. A Google spokesperson declined to verify the reports.
Google opened its West Loop headquarters at 1000 W. Fulton in the former Fulton Market Cold Storage building in 2015. Google Chicago previously operated out of offices at 20 W. Kinzie St. in River North for more than a decade.
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