Accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP has opened a new "St. Louis" office in temporary quarters at Two CityPlace Drive in Creve Coeur. It will be moving to its permanent home in Clayton in early 2008.
This is Grant Thornton's 51st U.S. office. A quick scan of its other offices reveals that the vast majority of them are located in their respective cities' central business districts, as most major accounting firms' offices tend to be. (A few metro areas, such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have suburban satellite offices in addition to downtown offices.)
So why didn't they choose downtown St. Louis for their St. Louis office? They're clearly not averse to having downtown offices, so why Creve Coeur and Clayton? Does steering take place among commercial realtors as well as residential realtors?