Citrix is expanding in downtown Raleigh and more companies may soon follow. The company is expanding its data sharing division in a 130,000 square foot space.
"We really wanted to move downtown because one of the trends we're seeing at Citrix is that the line between work, play and personal life is starting to blend more and more and they're no longer mutually exclusive," said Jesse Lipson, the V.P.& G.M. of Data Sharing.
They will be recreating the casual atmosphere from the original Sharefile office before it was acquired by Citrix. They will also preserve the warehouse feel by keeping cranes in place and while constructing conference rooms from old cargo containers.
Employing the so called creative class, with disposable incomes, will help neighboring businesses see a surge too.
"I think it'll help a lot," said Citrix employee Laura Ivey. "The local economy, by moving things away from RTP and back into the city, it will help other things too like public transportation and other sorts of businesses being downtown and doing a lot more for the downtown economy."
When Citrix expands in downtown Raleigh, they will be adding more than 300 positions. Over the years, they can build out and up and add another 300.
While Citrix is getting help from the city and the state, the company's CEO believes the investment by all parties will attract more companies to the capital city.
"I think the potential for really creating a software and technology center here has great potential but you've got to have some anchor tenants, red hat being one of those, Citrix being another," said Citrix CEO Mark Templeton. "I hope that will start a trend."
It's a trend city leaders hope doesn't cool off anytime soon.
Citrix expects to move into the warehouse space in 2013.