Last edited 4:01 p.m., Nov. 2, 2020
Phoenix Home Care and Hospice is planning an early 2021 relocation to a new corporate headquarters.
Co-founder and CEO Phil Melugin said the health and hospice company is targeting a February move-in date at 1839 E. Independence St. He said Phoenix signed a lease for 18,000 square feet being vacated by Wyndham Destinations, as well as the contiguous 10,000 square feet, in the James River Towne Center in south Springfield.
Melugin said Phoenix has outgrown its space at 3033 S. Kansas Expressway, its home since the company was founded in 2011. With more than 3,600 employees companywide, Phoenix produced 2019 revenue of $87.1 million, according to Springfield Business Journal reporting. That’s up from 3,500 employees and $80.9 million in revenue a year earlier, according to past reporting. Officials say the new location will consolidate staff from three separate buildings.
In addition to its 125 corporate employees, Melugin said Phoenix plans to add six to 10 hires to work in recruitment, operations and marketing. He said the new space will allow room for more patients.
“We care for over 3,000 individuals in southwest Missouri,” Melugin said.
The Independence Street headquarters is slated to house a conference meeting space that also could be used for community events, as well as a physical therapy clinic.
“We intend to provide organizational and individual personal and professional development to entities outside of our Phoenix employee base,” he said of the conference space.
Melugin said the physical therapy clinic is new to the Springfield market for Phoenix, which also has established a similar concept in Wichita, Kansas.
Lease terms with James River Towne Center owner Jerry Jones were undisclosed. A building permit on file with the city lists a declared valuation of $665,000 for the infill work.
Pennock Development LLC owns the soon-to-be vacated Kansas Expressway building, and property manager Nancy Herchenroeder of Bill Beall Co. did not respond for comment before press time.
Melugin suspects the space will be leased to multiple tenants.
“Hopefully they will get them filled soon,” Melugin said. “But it will be a process.”
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