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A large Mississippi Law Firm was awarded a state contract for the implementation of child care services within the State of Mississippi. Unfortunately, most of the 18 required locations would need to be selected, negotiated and opened for business within a 10-12 month timeframe. The law firm immediately contacted and hired The Estes Group to start identifying the appropriate markets and selecting locations for the 18 designated office sites in Mississippi.
In the initial meeting between the law firm and The Estes Group, it was determined that selecting the largest city within a 3-county region would be ideal for the proposed office location. After much discussion and research, all eighteen (18) proposed locations were identified and The Estes Group was assigned the task of locating available office space within those cities. The search process began by utilizing The Estes Group’s relationships within the real estate industry, memberships in various real estate organizations, and access to national property listing databases. Each proposed city was visited multiple times, researched for office space availability, identified and analyzed by our client’s criteria. The criteria included the prospected office’s size, rental rate, location, office layout and the cost of retro fitting the space into the firm’s model. In some smaller cities, creative searching and prospecting had to be used because of lack of available office space within those communities.
All eighteen (18) office locations were identified within six (6) months of the 10-month time frame. The law firm’s facility manager worked closely with Estes Group’s leasing representative in submitting letter of intents (LOIs) and negotiating leases.
Great teamwork between The Estes Group and the law firm’s facility manager allowed the opportunity to lease approximately 65,000 SF in eighteen (18) separate locations within such a short period of time.