The Burr Ridge location is among eight to open in the region since the beginning of 2012, adding to 29 existing Regus centers, said Scott Nelles, market director for Chicago. He plans to open two more, in Naperville and Glenview, by the end of the year and four or five more in 2015.
“Efficiency seems to be the name of the game these days,” Nelles said.
He said more people are “mobile workers,” working at Starbucks and on the train for example. They need a more professional workspace where there can be fewer distractions, but also flexibility and minimal cost, he said.
Regus, founded in Belgium in 1989 and first launched in the U.S. in 1998, offers office space, common areas such as a lounge and kitchen, mailboxes, catering and a support team that takes care of furnishings and utilities.
Nelles said opening the Burr Ridge office was a way of “filling in missing gaps where people live.”
“People don’t want to travel 50 miles to go to work,” he said. “We’ve been looking at Burr Ridge for years.”
Regus already has nearby locations in Oak Brook and Westchester.
The Burr Ridge facility, which opened Sept. 3, has 72 offices, according to short-term General Manager Joanne Sicher. Floor layout, color schemes and artwork depend on the location, but every office has the same standards, she said. Robin Lockhart, long-term general manager, and Liz Connor, customer service representative, also are on staff.
Technology services include wireless Internet, LCD projectors, up to 100MB of bandwidth and uninterrupted power supply battery backup, and Regus staff takes care of any related problems.
“We’re the ones dealing with network errors, at very little inconvenience to clients,” Nelles said.
Companies that use or are considering using the Burr Ridge office include professionals in sales, real estate, law and consulting, according to Nelles. Globally, more than half of the Fortune 500 companies use Regus, he said, including General Electric, Microsoft and Cisco.
The top goals for the Burr Ridge office, Nelles said, are to fill offices and become an integral part of the community, being “seen as an amenity to the community.”
“We want people to come in and see the space,” he said. “We’re like the greatest secret out there that nobody knows.”
The Regus Burr Ridge office is about 1,500 square feet. Roughly 10 percent of the building it shares with McGraw-Hill Higher Education, he said.
The Burr Ridge office will have a grand opening from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10.