Online grocery company Peapod officially opened the doors of its new headquarters in Chicago at 300 S. Riverside Plaza. All of Peapod’s corporate employees have transferred from the firm’s former headquarters in Skokie, Illinois to the new space in Chicago. Peapod first announced the planned relocation this past fall and the new headquarters will support the company’s growth, allowing Peapod to attract the best and brightest talent.
“Chicago has always been our home and we’re thrilled to be able to move into the heart of this great city, allowing us to fuel our continued growth and attract the very best talent,” said Walt Lentz, Peapod’s president. “I would like to thank all of our hardworking employees for making this a smooth transition, both internally and ensuring there was no disruption to our loyal customers. Our Chicago doors are now open and we look forward to becoming a larger part of the Chicago community.”
The new, 53,000-square-foot office consolidates the roughly 180 employees that had been in Skokie with a smaller, 40-person team located in Chicago’s Civic Opera building. Located in Chicago’s West Loop, the 23-story, Class A 300 South Riverside Plaza is owned by Third Millennium Group and managed by JLL. Matt Pistorio and Joy Jordan of The Telos Group represented Third Millennium in the lease transaction while David Burden and Tom Berarducci of Colliers International represented Peapod.
The new headquarters takes advantage of the building’s large floorplate, generous daylight and views along the river. The heart of the new space is the café, centered around a mix of open workstations and collaboration areas. Additionally, their brand comes to life with food-themed installations interspersed throughout. The architect was Partners by Design and environmental branding was provided by Spark.
“Chicago is the ideal home for an innovative company like Peapod, which is on the forefront of both the food and tech industries,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Peapod could have made this investment anywhere, but they chose to call Chicago home because of the talent of our residents and the strength of a dynamic tech sector that can support their success for years to come.”