Bob Evans to move HQ
March 11, 2011
by Bryan Salvage
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In order to accommodate future growth, Bob Evans Farms Inc. plans to move its corporate headquarters from Columbus to a newly built corporate campus in the Village of New Albany, Ohio, in 2013. Almost 400 employees work at the current campus in Columbus, and the company's plans for growth and expansion require different types of flexible spaces and room for more employees. The new corporate headquarters will also house an innovation center for restaurant and food products teams as well as employee wellness, security and convenience features.
Re-developing the current campus for its needs would have been less cost-effective than other options, the company said. The Village of New Albany was selected as the location of Bob Evan’s new campus due to available land, its infrastructure, ease of development, convenient location near I270 and proximity to the airport, said Steve Davis, chairman and CEO.
"We are also pleased to announce plans to move to a new corporate campus – one that represents our multiple brands, and supports our plan to innovate, expand and grow the business in the State of Ohio," Davis added. "The decision is the product of an unprecedented partnership between Bob Evans Farms, the State of Ohio and the Village of New Albany.
"We have had great partners in The Ohio Department of Development. They have worked hard to deliver incentives that make Ohio the best option for our business," continues Davis. "Ohio was very competitive economically with the other options we considered."
Bob Evans Farms, Inc., which owns and operates full-service restaurants under the Bob Evans and Mimi's Cafe brand names, is also a leading producer and distributor of pork sausage and homestyle convenience foods under the Bob Evans and Owens brand names.