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Novel Coworking Rebrands as Expansive Amid Growing Range of Services

Chicago-based flexible office provider Novel Coworking will rebrand as Expansive to better reflect the growing range of space and services it offers entrepreneurs, small businesses and enterprises. Expansive’s workspace solutions extend beyond coworking and private offices to include SmartSuites, event space, self-storage, parking, hosted data & IT, and traditional office space.

“We’re proud to say we’ve been able to keep all our locations open and grow our client base during a very challenging time,” said Expansive founder and CEO Bill Bennett. “Not only have we adapted to a new way of working that includes enhanced cleaning, socially-distanced workstations, and contactless technologies, but we’ve also given our clients more tools to increase their productivity and improve their workplace experience.”

Founded in 2012, the company now owns and operates a nationwide portfolio of 43 buildings with more than 3.7 million square feet of workspace across 33 cities.


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