SOCO, the creative workspace for entrepreneurs, freelancers and independent workers, announced plans to expand its presence at the historic Bakery at BullStreet. The company first moved into the building in August.
SOCO will take over the entire 4,200 square-foot space, creating more space for co-working and events. The expansion allows for private meeting space and a limited number of private offices.
“We have seen really incredible growth since opening our second location at BullStreet, and we’re excited to continue to expand into our new digs,” said Greg Hilton, co-founder and managing partner for SOCO.
Representatives for the BullStreet neighborhood said Iron Yard, a technology education company, currently housed in the historic Bakery will be shutting its doors at the end of June. The Greenville-based company is closing the Columbia campus, along with campuses in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Cincinnati and San Antonio. SOCO will be renting the space Iron Yard is leaving.
As one of the first places in Columbia to offer gigabit internet from Spirit Communications, SOCO will continue to provide a number of amenities through the growing "SOCO communities" platform.
“Our community members absolutely love the BullStreet experience: historic, emerging, gritty and full of opportunity. Our Vista and BullStreet locations are just the tip of the iceberg in our vision to build a network of interconnected innovation spaces powered by community, to allow creators of all backgrounds to do the work they love every single day,” Hilton said.
One of the SOCO community’s growing member companies, Krumware, will be the first to move into one of the new private offices at The Bakery. Krumware offers software products and services which enable enterprises and creators to build successful solutions which leverage the next generation of progressive web applications. Krumware was launched in 2016 by Colin Griffin and specializes in progressive web applications software and solutions.
“We’ve had an incredible start to our company, and growth has been great,” said Griffin. “Finding the best talent from the University of South Carolina and being a part of the SOCO community has allowed us to focus on building great things while surrounded by incredibly talented people at the top of their game. It is an easy decision to stay and grow in the heart of Columbia’s emerging tech community.”
Plans for the expansion are expected to be finished this summer.