Grandview Yard’s ‘buzz’ lures UA company, 100 jobs

Willis of Ohio plans to move to the office building at 775 Yard St. next month.

Willis of Ohio Inc., a division of the global risk management and insurance broker Willis Group Holdings, plans to relocate its offices to Grandview Heights from Upper Arlington.

The company is anticipated by Nationwide Realty Investors, the developers behind the Grandview Yard project, to be an anchor tenant of the office building at 775 Yard St., occupying most of the second floor and joining current tenants M+A Architects, Schindler Dentistry, the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill, Jason’s Deli and Massage Envy and Spa.

The firm, which has 100 employees, is expected to move into the building Dec. 16, said managing partner Frank McKain.

“We are extremely excited to come to Grandview,” he said.

Patrik Bowman, city director of administration and economic development, said Willis will be one of the city’s top employers in terms of payroll and number of employees.

“They’re clearly going to be one of our major employers,” Bowman said. “It’s tremendous.”