Carlson Commercial provided a strategic role in securing a new, long-term lease and successful build-out for booming Creative Apparel Concepts (CAC). CAC is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of “trend-right” garments for men, women and children. CAC moved into its larger, customized headquarters at 10100 89th Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN, this past spring.
Ted Carlson, President of Carlson Commercial, said CAC had some unique challenges that our company was uniquely qualified to meet, while staying within budget. Foremost, CAC was ready to consolidate its Minneapolis Warehouse District offices with its New Hope warehouse.
“We have deep knowledge of the Twin Cities commercial and industrial real estate market, so we did what we do best. We used a highly strategic approach to balance our client’s space and financial needs.” The firm secured a 117,242-square-foot space (18,000 sq. ft. office; the remainder is warehouse) that fulfilled all of CAC’s key objectives.
In 2016, CAC faced an expiring lease and dramatic growth — a 60 percent increase in employees in just one year. At the same time, it wanted to consolidate operations, design, manufacturing and shipping, with excellent access for logistics. But it was essential to maintain the highlycreative and collaborative atmosphere that contributed to CAC’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Upper Midwest.
Ben Gray, CEO of CAC, was pleased with Carlson’s approach and the final result. “They quickly understood our need to find a creative, flexible space and keep costs down, so that we could keep growing our business. Our new space is great for both our growth and employees.”
“CAC’s new Maple Grove location provides an open floor plan and designated collaboration spaces, which bring employees from all job functions together. It also reduced the expense and parking hassles of downtown Minneapolis,” Carlson added.
“We leveraged several space proposals and helped CAC maintain a dynamic, creative atmosphere with lower rent, room for growth and better logistics. It’s a win.”