Seeking a Post-Pandemic Comeback, WeWork to Close More Offices

WeWork isn’t dead yet, hoping to ride post-pandemic interest in flexible workspace to a comeback story for the ages. There are still cuts to be made, however.

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November 14, 2022, 8:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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WeWork continues to reduce its property inventory, announcing the latest in a string of closures since the beginning of the pandemic, but the news for the infamous office sharing company isn’t all bad.

“In a cost-cutting move, WeWork plans to close 40 U.S. underperforming shared office locations while seeking to capitalize on growing global demand for flexible workplaces in a bid to turn profitable,” according to an article by Andria Cheng for CoStar News. The company expects to contribute $140 million to its bottom line by closing the offices, according to Cheng.

“The closings add to over 240 full-lease exits and 480 lease amendments that WeWork had taken from the beginning of 2020 through the third quarter as the high-profile company focused on increasing profitability,” adds Cheng.  On the other hand, the company is planning on opening 20 new locations globally this year, and the net impact of the recent closures only slightly lowers the company’s inventory compared to a year ago.

There are other signs that the company’s fortunes are headed in a more positive direction, according to the article, including a slowing rate of losses and increasing occupancy rates. Occupancy at the company’s consolidated locations are at 71 percent—up from 56 percent a year ago and the highest rate in two years.

While the media paid plenty of attention to the fall WeWork in 2019 (articles titled “the rise and fall of WeWork” as plentiful) and the company’s decline inspired a 2022 mini-series aired on Hulu, less coverage has been devoted to the pandemic’s surprisingly positive effects on the company. Here is sprinkling of media coverage tracking the narrative arc of the company in recent years.

More details on the current state of WeWork can be read at the CoStar article below.

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