- Tennessee-based food and beverage retail solutions provider to relocate and expand headquarters
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe, and officials of Five Star Food Service, Inc. today announced that the company will expand its headquarters operations in the county of Hamilton.
With this expansion, Five Star will create 25 new jobs when the company moves to 412 E. 10and Street in Chattanooga. The new downtown location will allow Five Star to expand its operations and hire more head office-related positions to support the company’s substantial revenue growth and geographic expansion.
Founded in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1993, Five Star Food Service, Inc. is a food and beverage retail solutions provider for employers and other commercial, institutional and educational locations. The Company’s operations include micro-markets, full-line vending machines, food pantry, coffee and water services, full-service restaurants, catering, fresh food production, coffee roasting, secure delivery and sustainable products.
Today, Five Star employs nearly 2,000 people at its facilities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee.
Over the past five years, TNECD has supported more than 30 economic development projects in Hamilton County, resulting in approximately 5,600 employment commitments and $1.7 billion in capital investments.
“Five Star’s decision to expand into Chattanooga is a testament to our state’s skilled workforce and strong business climate. I thank this Tennessee-based company for its continued investment and commitment to creating jobs in Southeast Tennessee. – Governor Bill Lee
“TNECD strives to provide our businesses with more than a place to do business. Our goal is for companies like Five Star to find a home in Tennessee to grow and hopefully grow. We appreciate Five Star’s decision to expand into Hamilton County and look forward to seeing the company’s continued success in our state. – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe
“Five Star has been blessed with incredible growth, and we are thrilled to partner with Riverside Development to rehabilitate a historic Chattanooga building to expand our workplace. Community is one of our stated values, and our commitment to it is exemplified by our company’s non-profit organization Feeding the Future Moving to the heart of the city allows us to deepen our investment in our people and this community, a perfect fit with our vision “Being next to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where we find a great pool of professional talent, is also very exciting. We want to thank the State of Tennessee for their vision and contribution to our efforts.” – Richard Kennedy, President and CEO of Five Star Food Service, Inc.
“TVA and EPB congratulate Five Star on its decision to expand its operations in Chattanooga. Helping to support the expansion of existing industries and creating new employment and investment opportunities in the Valley is essential to TVA’s service mission. We are proud to partner with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Chattanooga to help continue this mission and celebrate this announcement together. – John Bradley, senior vice-president of economic development at TVA
“We couldn’t be more excited for Five Star. These jobs will give a significant boost to our local economy. This expansion shows their continued support and faith in Hamilton County, and we wish all the best in this endeavour. They have our full support. – Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga)
“I am very excited about Five Star’s upcoming investment in the Chattanooga area. The business has been in expansion mode for the past few years, and I’m grateful it’s bringing 25 much-needed new jobs to the area. Five Star is a quality operation, and I appreciate the company, the local leaders here in Chattanooga, and TNECD for partnering to make this happen. – Representative Yusuf Hakeem (D-Chattanooga)
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