Business software giant Citrix Systems has begun its long-anticipated move into its new digs near downtown Raleigh.
The company confirmed that the first wave of employees has begun moving into its new divisional headquarters at the corner of West and Hargett Streets. About 580 employees are expected to be moved in by the end of this month or early October.
The influx of the company’s young, hip employees – many of whom presumably have a taste for the city’s burgeoning night life – is expected to be a boon for downtown Raleigh. It follows on the the heels of Red Hat’s relocation of its corporate headquarters from N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus to the city’s center last year.
Citrix’s new offices will feature a rooftop restaurant and bocce court, high-tech meeting rooms and a “living wall,” which is a wall covered with vegetation.
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A ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated for Thursday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m.
Citrix first established a presence in the Triangle in 2011 when it acquired ShareFile, which now operates as the company’s data sharing division, for $54 million.