An Austin-based online marketing firm has ambitious plans for the future, saying Friday it will construct a new corporate headquarters on the city’s east side capable of accommodating more than 1,000 employees.
Main Street Hub co-CEOs Matt Stuart and Andrew Allison told the American-Statesman that the building, which is set to open in mid-2019, will consolidate about 600 product, engineering, sales and operations workers currently based in three offices: two in downtown Austin – at 111 Congress Ave. and 600 Congress Ave. – and one in New York.
The 100 New York workers will relocate to Austin over the next three months, Stuart and Allison said, and will temporarily be based out of Main Street Hub’s two existing offices here until construction on the new headquarters is completed.
“They’re really excited to move to Austin and work alongside their teammates,” Stuart said of the New York employees.
Allison said having everyone in one place will make operations more efficient for Main Street Hub, which specializes in helping small businesses create and manage their presence on social media platforms.
“We’re doubling down on Austin and building for the long term,” he said. “The idea of being all together with room to grow is the biggest treat.”
Company officials said they do expect to reach 1,000 employees eventually, but they don't currently have a timeframe for reaching that staffing level.
The four-story, 114,000-square-foot new headquarters building will go up at 2010 E. Sixth Street, between Chicon and Robert Martinez Jr. streets. Capital Area Rural Transportation System, which previously occupied the site, announced plans last year to consolidate its operations at a new facility in Cedar Creek and sell the East Austin property.
Amenities at the new Main Street Hub offices will include bicycle storage and showers for cyclists, parking for food trucks, outdoor balconies and a rooftop patio.
The company did not release a cost for the project.
“East Austin is a vibrant neighborhood,” Stuart said. “We’ll be surrounded by businesses we know our team will love.”
Those businesses include a number of locally owned bars, coffeeshops and restaurants.
“We’re big believers in Austin,” Allison said. “It’s our hometown. We wanted to grow in this community. There’s no better illustration of the effect that great local businesses have on a community than Austin.”
Founded in 2010, Main Street Hub currently works with more than 10,000 companies, its co-CEOs said. Financial backers that have helped fuel the company’s growth include Vista Equity Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and Harrison Metal Capital.
In January, Main Street Hub announced that it had secured a $27 million debt refinancing and that it planned to add as many as 200 employees to its workforce.