The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the country's plans to reopen, but glimmers of hope can be seen in the flexible-space market.

According to a new report from JLL, some of the larger flex-space operators are making moves to expand. Listed flex-space group IWG took over 30,000 square feet of office space in Hong Kong just this past June. That space had been previously leased by another flex operator. Both Industrious and Serendipity Labs are also potentially ready to expand, according to Ben Munn, managing director of flexible space at JLL.

Corporate demands are increasing for holistic workspace solutions, Munn says. Add the pressure legacy business models are feeling to consolidate, and interest isn't likely to evaporate any time soon.

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Richard Binder

Richard Binder, based in New York, is part of the social media team at ALM. He is also a 2014 recipient of the ASPBE Award for Excellence in the Humorous/Fun Department.