Hygge’s coworking empire growing with new 20,000-square-foot building that’ll have our city’s largest Not Just Coffee

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Andrew Dunn, Charlotte Agenda

Hygge has already established its place as Charlotte’s largest independent coworking network. Now the company — whose name is pronounced hoo-ga — is set to take another giant leap forward, this time with a new partner, Not Just Coffee.

On April 1st, Hygge will open the doors to its fourth coworking space in FreeMoreWest. The new location will be on Jay Street just west of Uptown, near Lucky Dog Bark and Brew.

At 20,000 square feet, it will be Hygge’s largest undertaking by far.

Why expand? There’s no more space in Hygge’s current locations. “We are at 100 percent capacity on everything,” Hygge founder Garrett Tichy said.

This will be Hygge’s second location on the west side — the other is off Remount Road. Their first location is on Hill Street by Bank of America Stadium, and the most recent is at Camp North End.

“We’re 75 percent full already,” Garrett told the Agenda.

Rates are similar to the other locations. Flex starts at $124 per month, and offices range from $600-$1,200 per month. And yes, everything is still month to month with a 30-day notice.

Hygge Jay St. will also have a full natural-light studio which you can rent at $75 per hour (same model as the podcast studio). “The goal is to lower the bar for people that need quality photography space, make it easy.” Their current podcast studio is regularly booked and has somewhere between 40-50 regular shows recording.

A total of 50 private offices will be the centerpiece of the Hygge Jay St. location, and that’s for a reason — there’s tremendous demand.

Offices will range from small one-person spaces to enough space for a 16-person team. Several startups that launched in smaller offices at other Hygge locations will be moving to larger digs at the new location — including Skipper and UNYQ.

“We have enough space to start to help teams grow,” Garrett told me.

I’ve known Garrett for five years. We met as coworking tenants when he was running an SEO company. I couldn’t be more impressed by his ability to change directions and grow Hygge. It’s a cool entrepreneurship story.

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This article was originally posted in the Charlotte Agenda.