Plano-based retailer At Home moves headquarters to Billingsley’s Cypress Waters

At Home, based in Plano, is building a new head office in Billingsley Co.’s 1,000-acre Cypress Waters development on Belt Line Road and north of LBJ Freeway to meet home hypermarket growth plans.

The four-story office building is under construction at the southeast corner of Cypress Waters Boulevard and Saintsbury Street, adjacent to Pena Park. It should be finished in December.

“We went beyond our existing facilities and wanted to create a modern work environment that allowed us to grow and attract the best talent there,” said Lee Bird, president and CEO of At Home. At Home now has more than 230 stores in 40 states and said it plans to move to a 600-store chain.

At Home currently has 400 employees and the new building is large enough to reach a workforce of 1,000 over the next 10 years, the company said. The current head office at 1600 E. Plano Parkway has 136,000 square feet of office space and a 500,000 square foot warehouse, which At Home has announced its intention to retain.

Bird said Cypress Waters was selected for its “central location and incredible amenities”.

The 260,000 square foot building includes a 78,000 square foot design center with a mock store and photo and video studios. Training rooms, collaboration and co-working spaces and a café-bar are added.

Render of At Home’s planned new headquarters in Billingsley Co.’s Cypress Waters development. The Plano-based home supermarket chain will be moving from a combined office and warehouse complex at 1600 E. Plano Parkway. The retailer said it will continue to use the warehouse after the offices move in late 2022.(Halkias, Maria)

The new space, designed by architects GFF & Corgan, will have “a lot of energy to inspire creativity and work together,” Bird said. Billingsley is the developer, the broker and project manager is JLL and StructureTone is the general contractor.

At Home joins a growing list of companies that have decided to relocate to Billingsley Co.’s 1,000 acre mixed-use development on Belt Line Road and north of LBJ Freeway. So far, approximately 3 million square feet of office space has been built and Billingsley has an additional 300,000 square feet under construction. The development’s apartment and dining area, called The Sound, offers views of North Lake and the hiking trails.

More than 11,000 people work at Cypress Waters for companies such as 7-Eleven, Zales Jewelers, CoreLogic, Nokia, Brinker International, Toyota Industries Commercial Finance, BT America and Constellation Brands.

At Home was shut down last summer, five years after its IPO and after shareholders challenged a sale of the company to private equity firm Hellman & Friedman.

The retailer’s performance was strong in 2020 and early 2021, with sales rising over 20% as households improved their surroundings as the health crisis was new and people mostly found themselves in their homes. . It had $ 1.74 billion in revenue in 2020, which is the last full year as a public company.

At Home was still operating under the Garden Ridge name when it moved from Houston to Plano in 2014 and began to evolve into the At Home supermarket concept. The retailer moved into what had once been Mervyn’s regional office and warehouse, and its 81 stores in 21 states adopted a new blue and gray exterior with the name change.

Its first store inside the Dallas city limits in the former JC Penney space at Timber Creek Crossing on Skillman Street will open soon.

The home hypermarket said on Wednesday it has an exclusive new collection with Emmy awards TV host, designer and author Ty Pennington. The range includes hundreds of items, from wall art, textiles, furniture and patio to kitchen and dining room, rugs, lighting and home decorations from 4, $ 99.

Twitter: @MariaHalkias

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