ClickSpace: “WeWork plus plus” by Ahunsic

ClickSpace now has 13,500 square feet to accommodate businesses that focus on e-commerce. (Courtesy photo)

Designed to provide services to start-ups whose business model is based on e-commerce, ClickSpace workspaces in Ahunsic are expanding.

Located in a building on the corner of boulevard Saint-Laurent and rue Chabannel Ouest, the venue, which opened last November, is packed. Therefore, management decided to expand to another 6,000 square feet space on the same floor to reach a total of 13,500 square feet.

“It will be primarily for shared work,” explains ClickSpace General Manager Margaux Chetrit in a phone interview. We have hosted around thirty companies that rent offices. They are almost all in e-commerce.”

She highlights that her SME is unique in the Montreal scene, offering services offered by third parties who can take care of the website, marketing, handling, etc. All this with the addition of meeting rooms or the organization of specific events for e-commerce. That’s what seduced Virginie Roy, founder of Proud Diamond, a start-up that sells lab diamonds and jewelry.

“It’s like a WeWork but more, says the entrepreneur. For example, you can rent your photo studio for much less than elsewhere. On the terrace, I did a fashion show with Buffalo. And finally, I keep my packaging and equipment for my “pop-up stores” in this building.

Virginie Roy is a virtual member of ClickSpace, so she continues to work from home. “It gives me a reliable address for my business,” she explains. This looks good. I am notified if there are returns for my orders and can pick up my package. That’s exactly what I had.”

also foreigners

Margaux Chetrit explains that she even has virtual clients that are foreigners living outside the country.

“For example, there are French entrepreneurs who want to continue their business in France, but are looking for an address here in Canada. Others are from here but live elsewhere or will spend the winter in the Caribbean. They run their business remotely and our partners here take care of the logistics for them.”

Among these third parties taking over these micro-enterprises of online commerce is the 3DM group of Pointe-Claire, which ClickSpace asked to install on the same floor.

“It’s a big plus for communication and time savings,” explains Carl-Philippe Nantel, founder of Ecocat, which uses 3DM’s shipping, receiving and storage services. I don’t need to move, so I’m more efficient.”

Founded in 2019, his company, which sells cat litter made from soy waste, decided to set up shop at ClickSpace last November, renting offices there. Finish work at home.

“It’s really an e-commerce hub,” he says. There’s a lot of support and discussion around issues like advertising tactics or the supply chain we all face. That’s a big plus.”

Those who come from the world of advertising found a dynamic atmosphere there, punctuated by meetings and 5 to 7, in common spaces designed for this purpose.

“It’s exciting,” he notes. It’s like colleagues, even if we have different identities or companies. This creates super interesting links.”

The emphasis placed on e-commerce fits perfectly into the niche that SMEs MTL Centre-Ouest and SDC District Central are trying to promote for this sector in the north of Montreal. They welcomed the arrival of ClickSpace, launched by Simon Berman and Jeffrey Climan, who also own the building.

In light of its success, ClickSpace is also considering setting up another branch in another part of the metropolis.

For those interested, ClickSpace is holding open houses today and tomorrow.

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