The Executive Office Center Discourse on Business invites blog post contributions from members of the business community. This anonymous writer has a grievance against virtual office services.
I’m not a person who likes to complain, but I think that virtual office centers like the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows are unfair to commercial landlords. I own an office building around the corner. It’s always been full. Now I have a 30% vacancy rate because of these guys.
Why? What did they do to you?
It’s not what they did. It’s what they do.
These guys give you everything.
They give you furniture.
They give you telephone service.
They give you internet service.
They pay for your gas and electric.
They pay for your cleaning.
They pay for everything!
I mean they even have a secretary who answers your phones.
Now, how can I compete with that? I got a regular office building.
Well, it’s not their fault, really. That’s the type of building it is. That’s how they operate.
You think having a cafeteria in their building is fair? You think it’s fair to have a beautiful conference room for all the tenants to use?
Do you know that you can rent Queens office space in here on a part-time basis? You think that helps me? I mean, you don’t even have to sign a long term lease with these guys. They just let you use an office whenever you want one.
Now is that fair? I’m asking you. That’s why I am protesting against this injustice to regular commercial building owners.