For companies that do their business online, e-commerce giants are spending a lot on brick and mortar. Just 12 hours before the country rang in the New Year, cab service provider Ola signed on 20,000 sq ft of prime office space at Embassy Golf Links (EGL), a premium Grade A business park located just 20 minutes away from Bengaluru’s city center of MG Road.
That was the last available office space at the 21-office block EGL campus, which charges tenants approximately Rs 100 per sq ft per month as rent.
While the office transaction is minuscule in the context of India’s over 400 million sq ft leased office market, the deal signaled the coming of age of the country’s new sunrise sector. Consumer internet firms clearly, are competing for marquee office spaces with Fortune 500 companies who have, for the longest time, dominated India’s tenanted office market.
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