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Houston co-working company The Work Lodge is preparing to go national.
The Work Lodge, which offers private offices and shared workspaces, has three Houston locations and recently signed its first franchise agreement in Fort Worth. Now it is readying to expand the franchise model to allow for locations to open across the nation.
While WeWork, which has 477 office locations in 95 cities, does not offer franchises, a number of smaller co-working companies have turned to franchises as an avenue to quick expansion. Office Evolution of Colorado and Serendipity Labs of Rye, N.Y., also offers franchises.
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The Work Lodge differentiates itself from other co-working companies in part by its philanthropic endeavors. The Work Lodge funds The Gabriel Foundation, which has partnered with local organizations to provide food to the homeless, fight human trafficking and provide Harvey Aid, according to its website.
“Because shared co-working spaces are in demand, potential Work Lodge franchisees have the opportunity to capitalize on an industry that hasn’t yet been exploited while giving back to those in need,” Work Lodge CEO Mike Thakur said. “We’re also able to provide Work Lodge franchisees with unmatched support ranging from site selection to lease negotiations to build-outs. We walk this process together and do business with a greater purpose.”
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