Time flies when you’re having fun, and our 3 year office lease at 1008 Homer Street in Vancouver was up at the end of December. While we could have chosen to stay (with a 10% rent increase), we took the opportunity to look around to see if there was other space that would better meet our future needs.
We knew we wanted to stay downtown Vancouver, as it’s central for staff, and transit options into downtown are excellent. We did however take the opportunity to look at a few different neighbourhoods within downtown. Ultimately though, the financial district seemed a little too stuffy for us, and the area around Victory Square was just a bit too sketchy – we plan to stay open even later in the future, and really didn’t want any staff safety concerns. Long story short, we ended up moving just a couple blocks up Homer from our old location, to Homer at Robson.
We ended up actually paying a bit more than we would have if we stayed at our old location, but the following factors tipped the scale in favour of moving:
We actually signed the lease for the new office back in September, but since it was just a concrete shell at the time, it took a couple months to get built out. Daniel took the lead, working with their designer to figure out the layout, colours and materials. We think it turned out great, and are really happy to call it home (at least for the next 5 years). Our only fear? Since signing the lease in September, our growth rate has really cranked up, so if we keep hiring at our current pace we’re actually going to run out of space soon!
Anyways, consider this your invitation to stop by and say hi! Since we deal with most of our customers over the phone, we’d love the opportunity to see more of you face to face!
About this blog
This blog is prepared by Square One's leadership team and is intended to give you a behind the scenes look at starting-up a new company in a very mature - and sometimes stodgy - industry. This isn't a blog about insurance, which would be pretty boring even for us insurance geeks.