Macy's Signs 243 KSF Office Lease in San Francisco

Macys.com, the e-commerce-division of Macy’s Inc. department store, has just signed a lease with a joint venture involving TMG Partners and Rockwood Capital to occupy 242,600 square feet at 680 Folsom St. in San Francisco.

March 5, 2012
By Barbra Murray, Contributing Editor

The tech industry continues to spearhead the recovery of the San Francisco office market, and Macys.com is among the latest businesses to help buoy the numbers. Macys.com, the e-commerce-division of Macy’s Inc. department store, has just signed a lease with a joint venture involving TMG Partners and Rockwood Capital to occupy 242,600 square feet at 680 Folsom St., in the city’s booming SoMa district.

TMG and Rockwood have been joint owners of 680 Folsom since 2010, when TMG recapitalized the asset with Rockwood’s investment. The partners are now in the midst of redeveloping the building through renovations and, most notably, an expansion that will increase the property by roughly 100,000 square feet to an aggregate 522,000 square feet of Class A office space. The joint venture is investing roughly $87 million in the endeavor, which will also include the development of a new public plaza.

Jones Lang LaSalle represented TMG and Rockwood in the lease transaction, while Grubb & Ellis stood in for the tenant. Now that the ink has dried on Macys.com’s 15-year lease agreement, the company is prepared to consolidate its operations, presently located at different sites in the city, under one roof beginning January 2014. Macys.com will make its home on floors 8 through 14 of the 14-story tower. But it won’t be the only new name on the tenant roster. Riverbed Technology signed a 10-year lease agreement for approximately 168,000 square feet at 680 Folsom in February, with plans to set up shop on floors 2 through 6.

With commitments from Riverbed and Macys.com, 680 Folsom is 80 percent leased. Considering the current state of the San Francisco office market, all square footage may very well be spoken for when the building is ready for its close-up in late 2013. The trend in the market became evident last year. “Decreasing vacancy, particularly in San Francisco’s South of Market District, left few attractive options in the preferred address for savvy technology tenants,” according to a report by commercial real estate services firm Colliers International. “Absorption continues to be fueled nearly exclusively by technology companies.”

With demand on the rise, price tags are going on the upswing, too. Rental rates skyrocketed 18.5 percent for weighted Class A space and 7.1 percent for non-weighted in 2011.