Groupon announced that it plans to open a new sales office at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, to support its growing ecommerce marketplace. Groupon, along with up to 150 employees, plan to move in later this summer and will occupy 16,000 square feet of office space in SkySong 1. The company has been operating out of a temporary office at 2575 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix since February.
Launched in 2008, Groupon offers shoppers a vast marketplace of unbeatable deals all over the world. Shoppers discover the best a city has to offer on the web or on mobile with Groupon Local, enjoy vacations with Groupon Getaways, and find a curated selection of electronics, fashion, home furnishings and more with Groupon Goods.
“Phoenix is a thriving market for us, and we couldn’t think of a better place to expand our world-class sales team given the deep talent pool and enormous popularity of Groupon in the area,” said Darren Schwartz, senior vice president of sales, North America. “As we continue to actively invest in and grow our marketplace, our Phoenix sales center will play an important role in helping us bring thousands of exciting new deals to Groupon customers.”
The Groupon addition adds to the flurry of activity taking place at SkySong, which is nearing full occupancy in its three completed office buildings and is currently home to about 1,500 employees.
Gov. Doug Ducey said of the move: “Groupon is a hugely successful company, with a reach that extends around the globe. We are thrilled that they have decided to come to Arizona—it’s a testimony to our talented workforce, to the welcoming business environment we strive to create. It’s appropriate that Groupon will be located at SkySong. That’s where some of the best innovation in Arizona is occurring.”
“We are very pleased that Groupon, one of the world’s most recognized online merchants, will now join the roster of amazing innovators at SkySong,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “This is a tremendous development for SkySong because of this company’s reach and household name. It continues a positive drumbeat for SkySong over the past few years and bodes well for the project’s ongoing success.”
Andrew Cheney and Craig Coppola of Lee & Associates represented SkySong’s collective ownership in the lease transaction. Tom Adelson of CBRE represented Groupon in the transaction.