A co-working lounge in The Yard.

WASHINGTON, DC–As The Yard, a co-working provider, executes on an aggressive expansion program for the US, it is in advanced talks to use ex-retail spaces in at least two locations, according to co-founder Richard Beyda. “Retail has been a little bit challenging for the last few years and there is a lot of vacant big box spaces,” he tells GlobeSt.com. “Forward-looking developers are converting those spaces into creative office use — and we are trying to get ahead of the curve and take down those spaces quickly.”