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Joey Redmond works at the common area in the Saltbox location in Farmers Branch, Texas. Redmond operates his small business Deals Deals Deals at SaltBox that offers warehouse space, mostly for small independent businesses, plus shipping services and even a photo studio.

DALLAS — Co-working offices are nothing new.

But co-working warehouses? Yes, it’s a thing. And one of the new industrial offerings is opening its doors in North Texas.

A start-up Atlanta-based company called Saltbox is launching its co-warehousing concept to the Dallas area with one location.

The two-year-old shared warehouse company has converted a 66,000 square-foot industrial buildingjust east of Stemmons Freeway.

“Dallas is our second and we will end this year with eight locations open,” said Tyler Scriven, Saltbox co-founder who’s spreading the venture to new markets.

Other facilities are in the works for Denver, Seattle and Los Angeles.

The innovative industrial hubs are aimed at small business, entrepreneurs and growing companies that need flexible warehouse, shipping or assembly space.

The concept is also geared for small e-commerce start ups that are outgrowing their owner’s spare room or garage.

“The e-commerce merchant is the one we are most deeply focused on serving,” Scriven said. “You can sign a month to month membership at Saltbox or a longer term membership.”

The co-warehousing centers also have kitchens and even photo studio areas.

The starting price for warehouse space is $660 a month and the starting price for office space is $550.

Saltbox opened its first location in late 2019 on Atlanta’s Upper Westside.

The company raised more than $3 million in initial venture funding to build the first 27,000 square foot location. The Atlanta locations was aimed at including importers and exporters, distributors, makers and e-commerce operators, which Saltbox said, were underserved in the warehousing market.

Dallas-Fort Worth is the country’s fastest growing industrial market with more than 26 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space under construction.

But most of those buildings are aimed at big international or regional firms.

“If you have searched for a less than 10,000 warehouse lately, good luck,” Scriven said. “This is effectively a missing sub asset class of the real estate market.

“I hope Saltbox can be transformative for some of the companies that have a home here.”

Rather than lease the warehouse space for its centers, Saltbox teams up with building owners on the projects.

“Instead of signing master leases and funding the capital improvements to these buildings, we partner with institutional real estate firms that buy the assets and Saltbox engages with a management agreement.”