Mens grooming startup Scotch Porter has leased a new office space in Newark’s Walker House.
The company founded by Calvin Quallis in his kitchen in 2015, will use the 4,811 s/f space for business operations as the company continues to expand its grooming and wellness products.
“Scotch Porter is a hometown success story — growing from a boutique business to a leading wellness and grooming brand,” said Jake Pine, Director at L+M Development Partners, which redeveloped the historic Walker House with partners Prudential Financial Inc. and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group (UIG). “We are proud to welcome this Newark startup to the historic Walker House as they grow and expand their business for years to come.”
JLL represented the landlord, while Newmark Knight Frank represented the tenant in the deal for Class A office space at the historic 21-story former home of NJ Bell at 540 Broad Street in Downtown Newark
Scotch Porter develops multi-functional grooming and wellness products. The beard and skin collections are made up entirely of clean – free of harmful and toxic chemicals – and highly efficacious products that cater to the everyday man.
“I am excited to be amongst the group of premiere businesses moving into the Walker House commercial spaces,” said Calvin Quallis. “The City of Newark is a sacred piece to the DNA of the Scotch Porter brand, just as it is to the historic Walker House. As we continue to grow as a company, I cannot imagine a better place to call our home.”
The landmarked Walker House building is home to 211 luxury rental residences, as well as an array of commercial and retail tenants.
Newark Local Beer, a craft brewery and taproom, is set to open on the ground floor by the end of the year, along with Bada Bean Cawfee. Also opening this year on the ground floor and lower level will be Method Climbing, the first indoor rock-climbing gym in Newark. The ground floor also houses a UPS Store. And in April 2019, Walker House welcomed Per Scholas, the tech training non-profit, to its office space.