WeWork, the New York City-based company that provides workplaces for startups, freelancers and other organizations, announced Monday that it will add a 200,000-SF location on South Main Street in Bentonville.
WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey announced the project during a panel discussion at Record, a corporate and social events venue in Bentonville. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Bentonville Mayor Stephanie Orman and Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Graham Cobb were also on the panel.
"This space will offer new ways of working for organizations large and small, and will be a place for the entire community to connect," said McKelvey, who is also the company's chief culture officer. "WeWork and Bentonville share a vision for the future. We see communities and companies supporting each other in new ways. WeWork is a platform that uses space, technology and services to help people make a life, not just a living."
The project, at 224 S. Main, will be one of WeWork's first built from the ground up. Architect Michel Rojkind, who recently joined the company as its senior vice president of architecture, is overseeing design and construction. The company said the building will accommodate retail, community space and a workplace for more than 3,200 people across several floors.
"I am always grateful when a company chooses to locate in Arkansas," Hutchinson said. "Northwest Arkansas is a good fit for WeWork, where the company's vision will dovetail with the innovative spirit and the entrepreneurial spirit that has made NWA one of the fastest-growing areas of our nation."
WeWork is working with City Center LLC, led by developers Josh Kyles and Blue Crane LLC, and Cushman and Wakefield/Sage Partners, on the project.