VOL. 125 | NO. 220 | Thursday, November 11, 2010
Glankler Brown’s Eastbound Move Starts Friday
By Andy Meek
The long-planned relocation of Glankler Brown PLLC’s Downtown office to East Memphis, which resulted in one of the most significant commercial real estate deals inked this year, gets under way Friday.
Over the next four weeks or so, Glankler will pull attorneys and staff from the three floors the firm now occupies inside One Commerce Square and move them east to Triad Centre I, 6000 Poplar Ave.
That’s the high-profile office complex near Poplar and Interstate 240 where Glankler signed a 10-year lease this summer for almost 33,000 square feet. The space will house what’s now Glankler’s Downtown presence as well as the satellite office Glankler has kept at Triad for more than 20 years.
Shifting the Downtown office east will begin Friday by moving some of the secretaries and the business and transactional attorneys housed on the 16th floor of One Commerce.
More attorneys from the 16th floor will be moved next Friday, Nov. 19. Future move dates will be Dec. 3 and Dec. 10.
Beyond the 16th floor, Glankler’s layout at One Commerce includes litigation attorneys on the 17th floor, and the 18th floor includes litigation attorneys as well as Glankler’s library and information technology and accounting departments.
“The way we’re going to be set up in the new office, we’ll have two wings,” said Tanya Turner, Glankler’s marketing director. “One wing will have the transactional attorneys, but it will also include some family law attorneys, intellectual property attorneys, and it will include the accounting department. The other wing will be strictly litigation.”
Coinciding with Glankler taking over the entire fourth floor of Triad Centre I, the firm, which was formed in 1918, also is taking the opportunity to unveil a new look and identity.
Since it’s shuffling its longtime homes, the firm is essentially reintroducing itself to the community with everything from a new logo to a new website.
“It’s just time,” said Dan Conaway, the advertising strategist working with Glankler, who is also a columnist for The Daily News. “It’ll roll out when they get settled out there, probably by the end of the year.”
That effort will include a new logo, new positioning statement and new website – “all the things that encompass an identity,” Conaway said.
Glankler is looking at holding an open house in the spring.
The firm earlier this year chose not to renew the lease for what’s been its main office at One Commerce after deciding the pull of residents and businesses in East Memphis was too inexorable too resist.
Other factors in the mix included the convenience of the firm having its partners on one floor.
One Commerce shouldn’t feel the effects of Glankler’s absence very long. A new local ownership team for the landmark Downtown tower is in the last stages of talks with Pinnacle Airlines Corp. with the goal of the local team buying One Commerce and making the regional air carrier its new anchor tenant.
The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. this week voted to support up to $18 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bonds for the project, which involves Pinnacle moving its corporate headquarters near Memphis International Airport to the skyscraper.