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Stamford software company to move to Fairfield

March 1, 2019

Stamford-based Q88 LLC is moving to Fairfield.

The software provider is relocating its Connecticut headquarters from Stamford to 1501 Kings Highway East. Q88 signed a long-term, multi-year lease for a 7,800 square-foot building near the Fairfield Metro Station, doubling its space in the process.

“The reason we are moving is to meet our future goals of expansion,” said a Q88 spokesperson.

The company declined to comment any further on the transaction.

Q88 has been around since 2001, offering software solutions to clients in the global shipping industry. The company also has offices in London, Athens and Singapore and caters to a client base of more than 11,000 users and 10,000 vessels.

According to a press release from Westport-based brokerage HK Group, the company chose the building due to its immediate proximity to public transit and its look.

“The building is fully reconstructed with the modern industrial look that many companies — modern and young companies — are looking for,” said Franco Fellah, executive vice president at HK Group, which represented landlord Powerscourt Westover LLC during the transaction.

Q88 will occupy the entire building.

Powerscourt bought the building in 2017 for $765,000 and renovated it. At the time, it was a 3,800-square-foot blighted building near the train station. Tom McLaughlin, owner of Powerscourt, transformed the vacant brick structure into a two-story modern, glass office building, about double the size of the original building.

The commercial real estate company owns the building at 1525 Kings Highway East and had been leasing the site next door since 2011 to use its 28-space parking lot.

Q88 is projected to move sometime during this summer; town officials said they are looking forward to the addition to the commercial base.

“We’re pleased anytime a new business moves into Fairfield,” said Mark Barnhart, director of economic development. “We’re certainly happy that Q88 stayed within Fairfield County and the region instead of moving out of state. We understand this is a competitive marketplace and we’re excited to have them apart of the Fairfield business community.”

Q88’s new headquarters is located in an area that has seen ongoing activity and interest from developers over the past couple years with the introduction of the Fairfield Trademark Apartments and more.

The second phase of the Fairfield Trademark construction has already begun even closer to the train station and is expected to bring a trove of apartments to the town.

“It’s really an emerging area and a very active local market,” Barnhart said

Contributions from Keila Torres-Ocasio

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