Company to relocate more than 1,000 employees to converted Kmart building
North Charleston, S.C., June 28, 2017 — T-Mobile has signed a lease with a company controlled by Aston Properties for a 127,000-square-foot customer care center at a former retail building that the Charlotte, N.C., development firm is converting into new office space.
The center is expected to ultimately hold approximately 1,200 T-Mobile employees, and the company plans to occupy the building during the first quarter of 2018, relocating from an existing facility in Daniel Island. Aston Properties has an additional 41,000 square feet of leasable space remaining in the 170,000-square-foot building, which was formerly occupied by a Kmart store that closed in March.
Aston Properties acquired the building in May and will make extensive improvements to the property, including a new exterior façade and renovated parking and landscaping. Planned employee amenities at the customer care center include a basketball court, an outdoor grilling area and an on-site café.
“With a fresh new look, abundant surface parking and proximity to nearby retail and restaurants, this facility will enable T-Mobile to remain competitive in recruiting and retaining employees in the greater Charleston market,” said Jamie Kneisel, director of acquisitions and dispositions at Aston Properties.
Aston Properties has previously acquired and converted two former Kmart buildings in Harrisonburg, Va., and Monroe, N.C., into new retail and climate-controlled self-storage space, respectively.
“As the big-box retail landscape evolves, we have continued to look for opportunities to repurpose and bring new life to these spaces, and we’re excited to partner with T-Mobile and the city of North Charleston on a new chapter for this property,” said George Dewey, president and CEO of Aston Properties.
Lee Allen, managing director of JLL’s Charleston office, represented Aston Properties on the lease, and Charleston-based Frampton Construction is the general contractor on the conversion and interior upfit.