It’s no secret that Georgia has been recognized for its exceptional business-friendly environment. In fact, Site Selection has named it the number one state for doing business for eight consecutive years. That kind of reputation undoubtedly attracts companies of all sizes to settle in the area every year, establishing headquarters, distribution centers, customer service operations and more. And many of those organizations have found a home right here in metro Atlanta. Here are some of the most recent big business moves to our fair city and its surrounding areas.
The beloved fast-casual chicken salad restaurant chain, which is known for its scratch-made, Southern-style varieties, moved its headquarters from Auburn, Alabama, to Atlanta in the first quarter of 2021. The new headquarters is located in Vinings, and the move is designed to help the company scale at an accelerated rate. Currently, Chicken Salad Chick operates 32 locations in Georgia, more than any other state in the country.
Moving from Memphis, Tennessee, to Atlanta, ServiceMaster Brands will set up its new headquarters in the Glenlake development in Sandy Springs. The goal of the move is to allow the building maintenance services company to better serve its franchisee network. The relocation was announced in March and is expected to be completed by the end of the year; it will bring at least 50 jobs to the area.
Wanting to establish a technology and engineering hub on the East Coast, vacation rental company Airbnb selected Atlanta as its location. The office will be home to one of the organization’s product development teams, as well as a number of other employees, and the Atlanta location will become the regional base for hundreds of technical and non-technical roles.
Freshly’s new 134,000-square-foot dedicated order assembly facility, located in Austell, is the company’s largest to date. The New York-based fresh-prepared meal delivery service recently made its move to Cobb County, investing $3.2 million in the distribution center and bringing with it a plan to hire at least 250 employees. The center is Freshly’s first Southeastern distribution facility and gives it the ability to better serve its rapidly growing customer base.
While Microsoft has had a presence in Atlanta for the last several years, the company announced significant expansion plans in the metro area. The tech giant intends to build a massive new campus on 90 acres of land in Quarry Yards and Quarry Hills. The expansion announcement follows Microsoft’s recent opening of a new office in Atlantic Yards and its plans to establish a new data center region in Douglas and Fulton Counties.