What does a non-profit in North Texas do when it needs emergency space in a crisis?
Tell Jamee Jolly. Jamee is the Executive Director of the Plano ISD Education Foundation and the past president of the Plano Chamber of Commerce.
Jamee is amazingly connected and loves serving her community. After learning that the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) needed 15-20,000 square feet of temporary warehouse space to support the food bank’s response to COVID-19, she reached out to Bob Gibbons with REATA Commercial Realty, Inc., a Plano-based tenant advisory firm. That was Tuesday, March 24, at 1:30 PM.
Bob was just leaving for a bike ride, but he got off his bike and went back into his home office to do a quick search for options. He contacted several dozen leasing agents to gauge interest in helping out this non-profit. He then left on his ride. On the ride, he had to stop half a dozen times to take calls from leasing agents offering options.
Two options were most appropriate to NTFB’s needs so Bob arranged to show them to Brad Stewart, NTFB’s COO, for the next day. One was clearly a better fit, so an agreement was signed and Brad had a key in less than 48 hours from Jamee’s first call.
Bob would like to thank Jamee Jolly for the original call, Brad Stewart for allowing us to serve NTFB, and to Al Sorrells of Majestic Realty which graciously offered its building to NTFB during their emergency need.
We love seeing how our Collin County partners come together for those in need.
If you would like to also support the NTFB during this uncertain time, please visit www.ntfb.org/give.
Bob Gibbons is a Real Estate Advisor & Tenant Advocate with REATA Commercial Realty, Inc. which is a tenant advisory firm based in Plano, Texas. Bob serves companies in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Richardson, Addison, Dallas and the surrounding areas and specializes in companies which lease or buy office and warehouse properties.