A unique experiment is underway at a South Jersey shopping mall.
A company called 1776 has joined with the Cherry Hill Mall to provide a co-working space for entrepreneurs coupled with a small retail operation at the shopping center.
Heather Crowell of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the mall, said the venture is rolling out in formerly unused space on the second floor by Nordstrom.
“So people that may or may not even have a store right now, they could be making jewelry in their home or notebooks, it’s kind of curated so all the different products work well together,” she said.
Crowell said the concept is one that could spread to other facilities such as the former Gallery shopping mall that is currently under redevelopment on Market Street.
“We’re doing similar things at our Market Street project where they have the uniquely Philly concept, similarly a built out space where we are programming for local tenants,” she said.
For now, the Cherry Hill space is offering day passes up to full-time slots for tenants.
Co-working has become far more popular in an era where more and more people are either self-employed or working remotely. The spaces offer the social opportunities of an office as well as the facilities for meetings and other services you might not have at a home office.