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The bank is looking into opening satellite offices outside its Manhattan headquarters in suburban Long Island, Westchester County and New Jersey, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
A Citi spokesperson confirmed to FOX Business that the company was looking into opening additional satellite offices outside Manhattan but declined to share any further details.
Citi may opt for short-term leases of furnished office space to allow workers to avoid commuting into the city, according to the report.
The pandemic slowed office leasing activity in the first quarter of 2020, according to CBRE. The real estate service firm published a report last month that found the vacancy rate was up 12.3 percent and that nine of the 10 largest markets saw vacancy rates increase as the pandemic spread and necessitated stay-at-home orders.
However, the vacancy rate in NYC-adjacent New Jersey remained flat, according to CBRE. And a number of financial firms, media companies, tech businesses and law firms have been reaching out to landlords about office space in the New York suburbs, according to the Bloomberg report.
Brandon Huffman, principal at office owner Rubenstein Partners, told Bloomberg the firm had received inquiries for “several hundred thousand square feet” of space.
“There’s an overwhelming number of employees that need mass transit to access the urban environment,” he told Bloomberg. “Nobody knows how that’s going to work in a social-distancing world.”