Five Below Inc. is trying to sublease 42,000 square feet at its Philadelphia headquarters, deciding it no longer needs the space it grabbed two years ago for future expansion. If possible, it wouldn’t mind getting rid of an additional 26,000 square feet for a grand total of 68,000 square feet.
The company is “evaluating a hybrid model and the hybrid model needs less space,” said Christiane Pelz, a company spokeswoman.
The discount retailer is far from the only company undertaking a process to determine how much space it needs going forward. Many companies are considering more flexible work arrangements post-pandemic and this has meant they don’t need as much space as they currently occupy.
As a result, firms in every sector across the region are vacating and subleasing that excess space and just about every office submarket is suffering from the same malaise: more sublease space coming available, higher vacancies and negative absorption rates.
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Local sublease space mounts as companies trickle back to offices