Office Evolution Opening in Mount Pleasant

Located at 1501 Belle Isle Avenue, the 7,300 square-foot center is operated by Andrew Fry. As a believer in the coworking category and Office Evolution brand, Fry also owns the original Charleston location, which opened in May 2017. The new office space will service small-business owners in the Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and surrounding areas.

“Office Evolution has been welcomed and well-received in Charleston, and Mount Pleasant should be no different,” said Fry.

“Mount Pleasant, the fourth largest city in South Carolina, is growing rapidly and has become a hub for home-based and professional businesses. With the growing tech and entrepreneurial eco-system in the Charleston area, Office Evolution will fit right into the growth mode of the city.”

No stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit, Fry built a 31-year career in institutional banking, working as an executive in institutional trust and global custody. Responsibilities included overseeing large bank operations, client management and global service delivery for institutional investors. Not ready to retire, Fry was intrigued by Office Evolution’s unique business model and growth positioned in the booming coworking industry. He is joined by his area manager

Beth Sansone, who will operate both Charleston locations. A University of South Carolina graduate, Sansone comes from a career in management and marketing and has been with Office Evolution for the past two years.

“I have really enjoyed becoming part of the fabric of the entrepreneurial eco-system in Charleston and look forward to becoming a part of the growing community in Mount Pleasant,” added Fry.

Office Evolution, with over 60 locations open and nearly 80 in various stages of development, is the largest coworking franchise and the fourth largest network in the U.S. The model is based on local owners who are committed to serving their community, backed by the resources and distribution of a national brand and network is unique to the category. With more than 24 million non-employer businesses in the U.S. and more than 3.5 million U.S. businesses with four employees or less, demand for shared office space is high.

“We are proud of our Ohana, and we are thrilled to see Andrew continue to grow his business in Charleston,” Office Evolution COO and Global Workspace Association Board Member William Edmundson said. “With his passion for community, entrepreneurial spirit and professional background positions he will continue to provide Mount Pleasant business owners with workspace and services that enhance business performance. Our rapidly expanding network of workspaces is home for business owners living in the suburbs who need a place to realize dreams. Owners such as Andrew bring the ideal experience set to ensure our members have the space to do their thing!”

With dedicated workspaces, including private offices, conference rooms, and shared workspace, Office Evolution has solutions for every business. There are also phone-answering services, address & mail services, and other professional capabilities to make each small-business owner exceed their goals.

“It is people like Andrew who open not one, but two Office Evolution spaces that help propel the brand further,” said Mark Hemmeter, founder, and CEO of Office Evolution. “We are thrilled to watch him take the next step in his journey and look forward to his continued growth and success. He is living proof of entrepreneurs living out their goals.”

To learn more about Office Evolution in Mount Pleasant, visit: ns/mount-pleasant 

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He Was Franchising Coworking Space Before Coworking Was Cool

About 16 years ago, Mark Hemmeter decided to take a gamble on a new business venture – franchising co-working and shared office space. Back then, an upstart like WeWork didn’t exist.

But Hemmeter figured there might be interest after he tried to work from home with family members hovering around and found it too distracting.

“None of us like it,” he said.

Hemmeter moved out of his home office and into shared space. He liked it so much, he launched his own.

He was no stranger to risk. After all, he and his family had been in the casino business. In the early 1990s, they built Bullwhackers Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado, and made a run at other deals.

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While coworking space once seemed as if it was exclusively available to start-up tech companies looking to get off the ground, the industry has changed rapidly to include all walks of life. Businesses ranging from small to large are now turning to coworking to make recruiting more enticing, allowing their employees to work remotely, or to help fuel creativity in a collaborative environment.
According to an article from, more and more companies are turning to coworking to promote expansion as it lessens the typical costs associated with leasing space in a new location and allows them to hire professionals outside of their headquarter market.


The coworking industry in southeastern Wisconsin has been thriving since the industry took off in 2010, and as a result, coworking companies with little to no presence in the market are targeting the area for growth. Milwaukee has become a target market for coworking companies like Office Evolution, The O and Spaces.
“(Milwaukee) is an up-and-coming tech hub with a strong private-sector financial community, and an established network of venture capitalists, angel investors and economic development agencies that offer numerous choices for entrepreneurs,” said Michael Berretta, vice president of network development for IWG in an interview with BizTimes Milwaukee.
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Coworking space is on the rise in major cities across the U.S. according to a recent article on While the industry currently only accounts for a small portion of overall office inventory, there is room for rapid expansion, particularly outside of markets like Manhattan, L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, D.C. and Boston that are currently home to the majority of the inventory.

“Based on current near-term projections, coworking space could easily triple from its current share in gateway markets over the next decade,” said Revathi Greenwood, Cushman & Wakefield head of Americas Research to GlobeSt. “Total inventory could increase to over 5% of office space in many urban markets and as high as 10% in some markets.”

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