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Infor to reduce Twin Cities office space, could leave St. Paul

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The New York-based software firm that bought Lawson Software in mid-2011 is looking to shrink the amount of office space it leases in downtown St. Paul, the Pioneer Press reports. Infor Inc. has about 650 employees in Minnesota, but more are working remotely.

Infor currently rents about 260,000-square-feet of space in the Lawson Commons building, but a spokesman told MPR the company will only need 50 percent of that in the future. The current lease expires in mid-2015.

"This is the same thing that happens to businesses in every state, in every city across the country," said Joe Campbell, a spokesman for Mayor Chris Coleman. "We're not going to sound the alarm bells at this point right now. But we'll do what we can to make sure that Infor knows that the city is there if we can do anything for them."

A final decision could involve moving to a different building and/or a new metro location, the Star Tribune reports.

The company that manages the 423,000-square-foot office tower is also interested in keeping the namesake tenant, the Business Journal reports.

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