NEW YORK CITY—The Empire State Building has nabbed a newtenant in a relocation from Queens. Finding this to be the righttime for a change, watchmaker Bulova has agreed to relocate itscorporate headquarters from Woodside, Queens to a new33,214-square-foot office in the Midtown South tower. The newheadquarters will be fully operational by early 2015.

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“The relocation of our corporate headquarters to the EmpireState Building comes on the heels of a period of tremendouspositive change for Bulova,” says company president Gregory Thumm.“The new space is a perfect home for our expanding portfolio ofwatch brands and signifies a new period of growth for thecompany.”

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Bulova was originally located on Maiden Lane in lower Manhattan,then the nucleus of New York City's jewelry industry in the late1800s. Since then it has moved its headquarters to Fifth Avenue inManhattan and then to Woodside, Queens in 1954, where the companystill resides.

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"Moving back into the center of the fashion capital of the worldprovides us with a renewed sense of energy and creative spiritwhile honoring our company's Manhattan origins,” Thumm adds.

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Says Thomas Durels, chief of property operations and leasing forEmpire State Realty Trust, “We're delighted to welcome Bulova tothe Empire State Building. We believe that the respect for history,design and innovation that Bulova and the Empire State Buildingshare will make Bulova's tenancy in the world's most famous officebuilding a huge success.”

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Bulova's executive, design, brand management, marketing, salesand support departments will relocate to the new headquarters. Thecompany will continue to use its current Queens location forwarehousing purposes.

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Rayna Katz

Rayna Katz is a seasoned business journalist whose extensive experience includes coverage of the lodging sector, travel and the culinary space. She was most recently content director for a business-to-business publisher, overseeing four publications. While at Meeting News, a travel trade publication, she received a Best Reporting award for a story on meeting cancellations in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.