The Container Store, Coppell, TX

A location that wouldn’t inconvenience its employees, comfortable and inviting workspaces, a beautiful setting with a bass pond, Mondrian-themed decor, and more—when The Container Store decided to build a new facility for its world headquarters, it had quite a list of must-haves. And to pull it all off? A developer who fit the company’s employee-first culture.

“Finding a developer was an exhaustive process,” said Valerie Richardson, Vice President of Real Estate for The Container Store. “We wanted to make sure we had a good cultural fit; we wanted to make sure we were forming the right partnership.

“With Duke Realty, we could see a spirit of camaraderie, an integrity level, and a shared vision. People respect each other, and there’s an energy that—as a client—you pick up on.”

The Container Store was founded in 1978 as a 1,600-square-foot retail store and now operates 58 retail stores across the country, all of which are supplied and supported by the Coppell distribution center and headquarters. The company moved into its now 803,500 (and soon to be 955,533) square feet of space in March 2004, after outgrowing its previous facility. And as The Container Store continues to grow, this building can grow with them.

“We’ve been really, really happy here,” Richardson said. “We got to this place—this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility, the pond, the lease that enables us to expand as we need space—through a partnership, through enormous amounts of coordination and communication at every stage. It’s been a great process and a great relationship-building experience.”