Well-loved Carytown staple Need Supply Co. is expanding its footprint in Richmond, moving its headquarters to a much larger spot in the bustling Scott’s Addition neighborhood.
While the store’s longtime Carytown retail location at 3100 W. Cary St. will remain open, the headquarters shift is a response to the company’s substantial growth in recent years.
“Richmond has an amazing and ever-growing creative community that has been important to our growth over the years,” said Nora Morris, Need Supply Co. special projects manager. “As our business expands, we look forward to continuing to welcome more of those innovators, creators, developers, disruptors and strategic thinkers into each department within the company.”
The esteemed apparel company opened its doors in Richmond back in 1996, selling nothing but vintage Levi’s. Since the launch of its online store in 2008, Need Supply Co. has transformed into a global e-commerce business, offering a variety of clothing, accessories, and home goods for men and women.
While the fashion company is expanding in Richmond, it isn’t the first time its experienced a growth spurt. The company has also expanded with locations in Los Angeles and New York.
The 20,700 square-foot space in Scott’s Addition is located in the former Evatran Group Inc. office, a manufacturer of wireless charging stations for electric motor vehicles, within the HandCraft Cleaners Building at 3301 W. Moore St.
Need Supply’s new spot will allow for more office space and a photo studio, which are being moved from a smaller spot in the neighborhood.
“Although we’ve outgrown our existing Scott’s Addition [office] location, we’re looking forward to continuing to be part of the evolution and revitalization of this neighborhood,” said Christopher Bossola, CEO of Need Supply Co.
Tripling the size of its previous headquarters above its flagship retail shop in Carytown, Need Supply Co. will use the new location to satisfy the company’s increased staff and existing e-commerce photo studio. Finding property large enough to meet Need Supply Co.’s demand for space, however, was not an easy task.
“We had some unusual requirements, such as finding traditional ‘Class A’ office space alongside unfinished warehouse-type space for our photo studio,” Morris said. “The property search, which led us around the city and into surrounding counties, was extensive.”
While the company expands its office and studio teams — including its operations, information technology, human resources, customer service, and photography — the retail operations will not change.
“The relocation was imperative to accommodate additional, planned growth over the next few years,” Bossola said. “While also providing more modern and collaborative workspaces, lounge areas and a substantially larger photo studio for our current teams.”
Need Supply Co. plans to have the new headquarters up and running by the fall.