Western Union, a Fortune 500 company, announced last week that by the middle of next year it will move its global headquarters from Douglas County to take office space at One Belleview Station in southeast Denver. The company, which employs 1,300 people locally, will occupy 246,000 square feet of the new office tower, constructed just off the corner of Belleview Avenue and Quebec Street, just across the street from Greenwood Village city limits, in an area near the Belleview Light Rail Station where development has been aggressive.
Western Union headquarters had been in the Millennium Building, located at 6200 S. Quebec St. in Greenwood Village, until 2000, when the company built its two-building Douglas County headquarters.
“We’re proud to say that we’re here to stay,” Western Union CEO Hikmet Ersek said in a statement, referring to the corporation’s position in the Denver metro area. “We’re investing in the community and people.”
Western Union officials say they are looking for additional space in another building in the general area to supplement the headquarters space.
On the same day it made its announcement, the company said it has pledged to donate $1 million over a 12-month period to Denver nonprofits, including the Denver Public Schools Foundation and Mi Casa Resource Center. Many of the company’s local employees participate in community-service projects in these and other nonprofits around the city, the company said. BY JAN WONDRA, STAFF WRITER