Ford Motor Company in January moved some 1,800 employees into a new space at the Fairlane Town Center shopping mall in Dearborn, Michigan, reports the Detroit Free Press. The site, formerly a Lord & Taylor store, will be the employees’ workspace for the next 10 years or so.
News of Ford’s intent to occupy the 240,000-square-foot store at Fairlane Town Center first broke in April of last year. The new office space is occupied primarily by employees from Ford’s purchasing department, while Ford sets to work transforming its World Headquarters campus and Research and Engineering campus at an estimated cost of more than $1.2 billion.
“The proximity and design of Fairlane Mall, along with its on-site amenities, support our transformation in offering multiple conveniences for our employees,” says Dave Dubensky, Chairman and CEO of Ford Land – Ford’s real-estate subsidiary. “It is a win-win for us and the community.”
The former Lord & Taylor store sat unoccupied for a decade before Ford took an interest.
According to the Free Press, the new office space at Fairlane Town Center includes walk-up workstations, and desks with treadmills set to 2 mph that the company hopes will promote wellness among its employees.