Company Leases 10,047 Square Feet at Wells Fargo Center
Miami, FL – December 9, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In a new to market deal, New York based Spafinder Wellness, Inc. ® will move its global headquarters from New York to the Miami market, leasing 10,047 square feet at MetLife’s Wells Fargo Center in downtown Miami.
Brian Gale, Principal with Taylor Mathis, negotiated the lease on behalf of building owner MetLife.
“We looked at a lot of potential spaces but MetLife’s Wells Fargo Center caught our attention immediately. It has fresh amenities, an ideal location, spectacular views, and it fits the wellness-oriented, high-end partners we represent around the world. In our search for a downtown location, we just could not pull the trigger–but not with this building. We immediately saw us doing business here,” said Spafinder Chairman Pete Ellis. “The energy in Miami is exactly the kind of vitality we want to foster at Spafinder Wellness. Miami is at the crossroads of the Americas and has been called ‘America’s City of the Future.’ The business climate will be conducive to our continued growth and further our mission to help people–including our staff– live well every day.”
Ellis noted that the driving factors behind the decision include a strong business environment that performs above the national average, a lifestyle that is more conducive to healthy living and easier access to the rapidly expanding Latin American/Caribbean wellness travel market.
“The Spafinder Wellness headquarter relocation to Miami and specifically to Wells Fargo Center is a boon to the city and to our development which continues to attract many of the country’s most prominent companies,” stated Chuck Davis, Director and Head of the MetLife Southeast Regional Office. Wells Fargo Center is one of MetLife’s premier developments and long-term investments.
Spafinder Wellness has a global network of 20,000-plus spas and fitness locations and is the world’s largest media, marketing and gifting company for the wellness industry. The company’s Corporate Wellness 365® division offers incentive products and partnerships that help to foster wellness in the workplace. Spafinder also has offices in London and Toronto.
“We are continuing to see strong interest at Wells Fargo Center from new to market tenants,” stated Brian Gale. Taylor & Mathis has executed six new leases this year at the building three of which were new to market tenants. The 47-story tower will soon be home to Spafinder Wellness, Inc., ® Moto Capital, Dentmall of Florida, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage and La Prairie Group. PwC moved its office from Brickell Avenue earlier this year and leased 43,277 square feet at the downtown tower.
The 47-story Wells Fargo Center features scenic views of Biscayne Bay and Miami’s skyline and offers tenants a number of significant benefits, including a fitness center and restaurants. The center is also adjacent to a four-star hotel, which includes an entertainment complex, salon and spa, and shopping. The 750,000 square foot Class A office tower is located downtown one city block off Interstate 95 and south of the Brickell Bridge. It is home to some of the most prominent and respected companies in the country, including Wells Fargo Bank, PwC, Greenberg Traurig, GrayRobinson, Deloitte, McDermott, Will & Emery, PwC and Littler Mendelson PA. The office building shares a site with the first of its kind JW Marriott Marquis hotel and the first Hotel Beaux Arts, part of the Marriott International luxury group. Tenants benefit from the five-star amenities of the hotel, which include dining, conference facilities, an entertainment complex, fitness center, salon and spa, and the Jim McLean Golf School. For more information, visit www.wellsfargocentermiami.com
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs. MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. With more than 100 years of real estate investment experience, MetLife is one of the largest investors in the industry with over $59 billion* in real estate invested assets, including over $43 billion in commercial mortgages and over $16 billion in equity investments as of September 2014. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.
*Includes MetLife general account assets and assets managed on behalf of external clients as of 9/30/14.
About Taylor & Mathis
Taylor & Mathis, the exclusive leasing agent for Wells Fargo Center, is a diversified real estate company specializing in the development, marketing and management of office buildings, suburban office parks, industrial parks and mixed-use projects. In Florida, the company leases and/or manages a portfolio more than 13 million square feet. Founded in 1967, the company has developed properties exceeding $1.9 billion in value and has established itself as one of the most respected regional real estate firms in the United States. Based in Atlanta, with offices in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Sunrise, Taylor & Mathis concentrates its business activity in primary growth markets in the southeastern United States. For more information, visit www.taylormathis.com or www.taylormathisflorida.com.
About Spafinder Wellness, Inc.
Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® is the world’s largest media and marketing company for the spa and wellness industry and the leading consumer resource for feeling good and living well all year round. With nearly 30 years of experience as a spa and wellness authority, millions of people find inspiration to keep well every day via the Spafinder Wellness 365® brand, also known for its widely distributed gift cards—available at 70,000-plus retailers worldwide—and its global network of 20,000-plus spas, salons, fitness, yoga and Pilates studios and travel destinations. The company’s Corporate Wellness 365® division offers incentive products and partnerships that help to foster wellness in the workplace. Learn more at spafinder.com, spafinder.co.uk and spafinder.ca.
Brian Gale, Taylor & Mathis Betsy Isroelit, Spafinder Wellness, Inc. Fred Pieretti, MetLife Corporate Comm
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