Coworking franchiser Office Evolution expanding into Detroit

LOUISVILLE, Colo.—Office Evolution, the nation’s largest coworking franchisor, announced its continued expansion into Michigan by awarding another Detroit area development deal. The new Office Evolution location in Oakland County will offer private offices, conference rooms, and shared workspace for small- to medium-sized businesses and employees of larger corporations who are working remotely.

This new location will be owned and operated by Detroit area residents Walt and Leslie Czarnecki, Jr. The Czarneckis are eyeing sites in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, and Royal Oak, among other areas in the greater Detroit market. The brand’s first metropolitan Detroit location will join an existing location in Ann Arbor, and another location in Troy that is currently in development and expected to open later in 2021.

“The Detroit suburbs have always had a thriving community of entrepreneurs, startups and professional service providers,” Leslie Czarnecki said. “These business owners want to spend what little free time they have with their families and on their hobbies. They don’t want to be stuck in a car commuting to the city. This is the community that we can relate to and that we are looking forward to serving as Office Evolution franchisees.”

Added Walt Czarnecki Jr.: “We’ve always wanted to own and operate our own business. With the rising demand for coworkng locations, now seemed like the perfect time to chase our entrepreneurial dream and help our local business community thrive. Having the opportunity to support, witness and share in the successes of our members gives us great satisfaction and we can’t wait to open our doors.”

Office Evolution’s steady growth is fueled by the increased demand for flexible, close-to-home coworking office space. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses of all sizes are pivoting away from expensive real estate in densely packed cities and are turning towards flexible workspace closer to home as a solution to the traditional office setting. As employers realize that remote working is resulting in more productive employees, businesses are tapping in to coworking spaces to provide employees with a safe and collaborative environment that is closer to home.

“We are operating in a new normal, which requires businesses to finally shed their antiquated real estate agreements in favor of more flexible options,” said Chief Marketing and Development Officer Andrea Pirrotti-Dranchak. “Office Evolution is stepping up our growth strategy to meet the rising demand for flexible workspace that is conveniently located in the suburbs close to where solopreneurs and independent employers and remote workers live. Detroit is the perfect market for our unique concept and we are excited for the Czarneckis to join Office Evolution.”

Office Evolution was founded in 2003 and began franchising in 2012, and has more than 70 locations open in 25 states. More at

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