Wix continues to grow rapidly and is nearing capacity in its current location in the Port of Tel Aviv. The new 50,000 square meter space is part of a larger commercial development being built in Tel Aviv, and is expected to become Wix’s new headquarters as well as a campus for employees based in Tel Aviv beginning in 2022, and will be able to accommodate continued growth for years to come.
“This is an incredible milestone for Wix, and we are all excited to create a new home for our growing team in Israel,” said Lior Shemesh, CFO of Wix. “This new campus will allow us to scale our headquarters in a single location and provide an inspired environment designed specifically for our employees as they continue to build great products for our users around the world.”
Wix expects to occupy the space in two phases — phase one in the second half of 2022 and phase two in the second half of 2023. Wix entered into an agreement to lease the new space with corporate entities controlled by the controlling shareholders of Canada Israel Ltd., a private Israeli real estate corporation. The initial period of the lease agreement is 10 years, and Wix has the option to extend the lease for a period of at least 11 years thereafter.
Wix expects its leasehold improvements associated with building the new office space to be approximately $80 million over a two-and-a-half-year period, beginning in 2021 and ending in 2023. This upfront capital investment will alleviate the need to incur incremental capital costs on an annual basis as the new space is expected to be large enough to accommodate our employee growth for years to come. Additionally, annual operating costs on a per square meter basis is expected to be less than what Wix spends today.