Online restaurant supply company expanding into Tampa area and plans to create more than 300 jobs over five years
TAMPA, Fla. – (August 23, 2018) – Online restaurant supply company WebstaurantStore, Inc. has chosen to expand in Tampa with a new office that will create more than 300 new IT and customer solutions jobs and include $1 million in capital investment.
Governor Scott said, “Florida continues to outpace the nation in job growth because businesses are able to grow in Florida. In fact, Florida’s private sector has created nearly 1.6 million jobs since December 2010, and our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in over a decade. I’m proud of the work we’ve done over the past seven-and-a-half years to cut taxes and create an environment that supports economic success. These 300 new jobs will give Florida families more opportunities to find a great job.”
WebstaurantStore is an online restaurant supply company that provides more than 280,000 items – from equipment and appliances to food items and serving ware – direct to customers’ doors. Founded in 2004, WebstaurantStore is headquartered in Lancaster, Pa. with warehouse locations in Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Nevada.
“We are very excited to open our new location in Tampa,” said Dave Groff, President of WebstaurantStore. “As the largest and fastest growing e-commerce company in our industry, we will have a lot of opportunities for new team members in the next few years. We look forward to finding those people in the Tampa Bay area.”
The company’s new Tampa office will comprise of two divisions – information technology and customer solutions – located at 7702 and 7802-50 Woodland Center Blvd. WebstaurantStore has committed to 155 jobs with average salaries estimated above $75,000 in its IT division for positions such as database administration, software engineers, QA engineers, systems engineers, application security specialists, network security specialists, and site reliability engineers. The customer solutions division will include approximately 150 jobs that will provide customer support while also working with IT staff to develop technology that interfaces with customers. The starting salary in the customer solutions division will be $45,000.
“We are proud to see WebstaurantStore expand in Tampa and add more than 300 new jobs for hardworking Floridians. Their commitment to the state of Florida illustrates that our business-friendly policies are working and is a win for the families of Hillsborough County,” said Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
“Hillsborough County offers WebstaurantStore the highly-skilled IT talent it needs for its next market expansion,” said Sandra Murman, Chair of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. “We’re thrilled WebstaurantStore chose our community and look forward to supporting them as they establish their new office in Hillsborough County.”
WebstaurantStore joins a growing list of companies that have chosen to expand in Hillsborough County recently, including Liftup, Validity, and Frank Recruitment Group.
“WebstaurantStore was in search of a new pool of talent, and as a longstanding leader in IT services, Tampa was able to deliver,” said Alan F. List, MD, Chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and President and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center. “We thank WebstaurantStore for bringing hundreds of high wage jobs to Tampa and we look forward to helping them connect with the talented workforce they need to thrive here.”
“Today’s exciting announcement proves that Florida’s strong workforce talent is a perfect fit for job creators. This is a big win for Hillsborough County families,” said Joe York, Vice-Chairman of Enterprise Florida’s Board of Directors.
Interested candidates are encouraged to visit WebstaurantStore’s web site.
WebstaurantStore, based in Lancaster, Pa., is the largest online restaurant supply store serving food service professionals and individual customers worldwide. With thousands of available products and over 5.5 million orders shipped, we have everything your business needs to function at its best. Over the years we have expanded our selection of wholesale supplies and commercial equipment to include healthcare, educational, and hotel supplies.
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth for Florida businesses through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses.
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation is the lead designated economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works to develop and sustain a thriving local economy through the attraction, retention and expansion of high-wage jobs and capital investment within targeted industry sectors, including Corporate Headquarters, Financial and Shared Services, Life Sciences, Defense and Security, and Manufacturing.
The EDC exists because of the generous support of more than 100 corporations, Hillsborough County, and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace.
About Hillsborough County, Florida
Hillsborough County is the commercial and industrial heart of Tampa Bay. The fourth largest county in the state of Florida, Hillsborough is home to nearly 1.3 million residents, with thousands more arriving each year. Its strength is drawn from being one of the most advanced economies and having one of the most educated workforces in the state. Hillsborough County and its three municipalities –Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace — offer a competitive business environment and an abundance of regional assets including Port Tampa Bay, Tampa International Airport, and MacDill Air Force Base. County government is focused on creating economic prosperity for residents and businesses throughout the area. To learn more, visit hillsboroughcounty.org.