TAMPA — An online distributor of supplies and equipment for restaurants worldwide chose Tampa for its new office, creating more than 300 jobs and bringing in $1 million in capital investment.
Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that WebstaurantStore, Inc., which was founded in 2004 and is based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, opened its eighth warehouse on Woodland Center Boulevard in Carrollwood. It is now hiring.
"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," Scott said in a news release. "These 300 new jobs will give Florida families more opportunities to find a great job."
The company’s new office has two divisions — information technology and customer solutions. It will offer 155 jobs with average salaries estimated above $75,000 for IT positions, including database administration and software engineers. It will also hire about 150 customer support professionals with a starting salary of $45,000, according to a news release.
WebstaurantStore president Dave Groff in a release described his company as the largest and fastest growing e-commerce company in the industry.
Webstaurant is the latest company to expand into Tampa or Hillsborough County, following Liftup, Frank Recruitment Group, TransferWise, SLV Lighting and Willis Towers Watson.
Sandra Murman, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners chairwoman, said the county can offer the highly-skilled IT talent the e-commerce company needs.
"We thank Webstaurant 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," said in a news release Alan F. List, MD, the chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. and president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center.