HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) headquarters is moving from its longtime home in Hackettstown to Bethlehem, Pa on November 8.
The headquarters has been at its 687 Willow Grove Street location for 59 years.
Everything was great before the pandemic, but afterward, NKBA shifted to a hybrid work environment resulting in a re-evaluation of their in-office needs. They discovered they didn’t need such a big building, with a large warehouse and loading dock. Everything they do now is mostly digital, CEO of the NKBA Bill Darcy told RNJ.
“So the seeds of moving started to sprout and gave us a chance to rethink everything about our office: the location, the design and décor and even the way we worked. Before, it was people having their own cubicles and offices; in the new office, we wanted a more open space, with few designated offices so that everyone could work anywhere they wanted,” Darcy said. “And so whatever location we chose had to support not only our new culture but also offer our many visitors a vibrant, dynamic experience with first-class hotels, restaurants and entertainment. We also really wanted to be close to several universities to access interns and build our future workforce.”
“The simple fact is that we evolved beyond our offices in Hackettstown, and the timing was right for us to make the move,” Darcy said.
Bethlehem was chosen because it’s a vibrant city featuring universities that the NKBA will tap into for interns and future NKBA members.
No current employees will lose their jobs, in fact, NKBA is growing and expanding the team, Darcy said.
“It’s a great opportunity to build upon the current staff, who have been a tremendous asset throughout the pandemic and have seamlessly moved into the hybrid work environment. And instead of slowing down, we ramped up and are busier than ever,” Darcy said.
A sign on the property said the building was sold and is the future home of Advanced Cardiology & Advanced Primary Care.