Choice Hotels International Inc. has revealed that it will be moving to new corporate headquarters in North Bethesda, MD.
The new headquarters will occupy more than 105,000 sq. ft. of office space in the mixed-use development of Pike & Rose. The building is being developed by owner Federal Realty Investment Trust, and Choice is expected to begin working there in the fourth quarter of 2023.
“Between this new building in North Bethesda and our state-of-the-art technology center in Scottsdale, AZ, which opened this month, we’re thrilled to offer our associates best-in-class places to work,” said Patrick Pacious, president/CEO, Choice Hotels. “Designed with our specific needs in mind, these amenity-rich facilities will help enable us to perform at our peak, so we can best serve our guests and hotel owners. Further, we’re pleased to keep our headquarters in Maryland, which has been our home for over 50 years.”
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan added, “It is tremendous news that Choice Hotels is opening a new headquarters in North Bethesda, reaffirming its commitment to our state and retaining hundreds of jobs here for years to come. The company has been an outstanding corporate citizen in the community, and we look forward to their continued success here in Maryland and around the world.”
Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz said, “Choice Hotels has been an important member of Maryland’s tourism industry for more than 50 years and we were very pleased to work with them on the decision for a new headquarters. This new location will give a world-class company like Choice Hotels a number of attractive advantages that are so critical to companies today, including proximity to public transportation and a variety of retail, dining and wellness options.”
Located at 915 Meeting St. in North Bethesda, Choice’s new headquarters will be part of a planned 16-story, LEED Gold-targeted building featuring 9,100 sq. ft. of ground floor retail. The building will incorporate a vibrant architectural design that includes numerous amenities, such as a rooftop conference center with collaborative common areas, WiredScore-certified connectivity, a fitness center and resource-efficient and wellness features. Situated within the Pike & Rose neighborhood, the office will be located near many retail, services, dining and entertainment offerings, and will also feature ample nearby parking, well-marked pedestrian crossing zones and easy underground access to White Flint Metro station, bus and rail service.
Federal Realty anticipates breaking ground on the new headquarters building later this year.
“We are thrilled to welcome Choice Hotels to the growing list of world-class organizations that call Pike & Rose home,” said Donald Wood, CEO, Federal Realty. “Choice’s focus on employee well-being make 915 Meeting St. and the Pike & Rose neighborhood the perfect fit. Its associates will have unparalleled access to state-of-the-art architecture that incorporates the latest wellness features and a thoughtfully curated merchandising mix all within an authentic, vibrant neighborhood with excellent regional access.”
Choice Hotels was founded in 1941 and has been headquartered in Maryland since 1968, including previously in Silver Spring and currently in Rockville.