Kitchen and dining room management software allows restaurants to collect performance data. | File Photo
QSR Automations specializes in kitchen and dining room management software that allows restaurants to collect performance data. | File Photo

The fast-growing QSR Automations, maker of the consumer app DineTime, will break ground this year on a $10 million new headquarters off River Road near the Louisville Water Tower Park.

QSR Automations plans to move from its headquarters at 2301 Stanley Gault Parkway in early 2018, according to Amber Mullaney, its senior marketing manager. The company, led by founder Lee Leet, is filling up three buildings in the 700-acre Eastpoint Business Center.

“The team is growing internally, and we have outgrown the building here on Stanley Gault substantially,” she said. “It’s an exciting time.”

QSR Automations says it is looking to introduce products and has been hiring employees in every department. The company offers in-store and mobile hardware and software for restaurants, including an application that allows restaurant owners and employees to track a location’s performance, manage a waiting list, take online reservations and organize its wait staff into sections.

Lee Leet is president and CEO of QSR Automations. | File Photo
Lee Leet is president and CEO of QSR Automations. | File Photo

Since March, it has hired 22 new employees, bringing the total to 114, and it plans to hire more, with job listings in marketing, support, quality assurance, production and development, Mullaney said.

In July 2015, the company bought a vacant 8.3-acre site at 2700 Buddeke Drive for nearly $1.4 million, and will spend $10 million building a warehouse and office building, Mullaney said.

“The project has taken a little bit longer than anticipated to break ground simply because internally we’ve had a lot going on with new product releases and building our growing team,” she said.

The new location is almost 14 miles from its existing offices. Mullaney said QSR Automations has a number of employees who live in Southern Indiana, so the River Road location is a good halfway point for employees. It also is close enough to downtown that employees can travel there for lunch or to enjoy other amenities such as Waterfront Park, she added.

Construction on the 20,000-square-foot warehouse is set to begin before the beginning of the year, with a target completion date sometime in summer 2017. The office building, which will be four stories and 51,220 square feet, won’t be complete until early 2018, Mullaney said.

The timeline is dependent on city approvals, however. The company has asked the city to rezone the property on Buddeke Drive to commercial manufacturing from W-3, which is a multipurpose zoning district.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]