Louisville technology company QSR Automations pulled double duty Tuesday, cutting the ribbon on a warehouse that will sit next to its new headquarters, which the company broke ground on Tuesday.
The $10 million development off River Road has been a long time coming, said Lee Leet, chief executive of QSR Automations.
“For the last three or four or five years, (employees) have been hearing that the new campus is coming,” he said. “It’s always two years after tomorrow, but finally, tomorrow is finally here.”
Construction recently wrapped up on the 20,000-square-foot warehouse, and the 51,220-square-foot office, located at 2710 Buddeke Drive, is expected to open sometime in late 2019. The hope originally was that work on both buildings would be finished by now, according to a previous story.
The new office will cater to QSR Automations’ younger, tech-savvy workforce, Leet said. “We wanted something that would be inviting for them.”
The headquarters will offer spaces to work, as well as relax, such as a rooftop garden with views of downtown Louisville, he said. The location also puts the employees across the street from Louisville Champions Park and an easy distance to Frankfort Avenue, NuLu and downtown.
“One of the things our employees wanted to do was be able to be very close, or be able to walk or ride bikes to places for lunch and things like that,” Leet said.
Since October 2016, QSR Automations has added roughly 50 employees, and Leet said he expects to reach 200 employees before the end of the year.
Employees are currently working in four different locations because the company ran out of space.
“Where we are right now there is no space for anything, and the other thing about here is we have a lot of extra space,” Leet said. “Here we’ll have more of a campus environment; it will be more relaxing — that is going to help us recruit more folks into Louisville. We need all the help we can get.”
The new development is being built to accommodate QSR Automations’ future growth, and there is enough acreage remaining to construct a third building if need be, he said.
QSR Automations manufactures and sells 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. It also has a consumer app called DineTime that lets customers get on participating restaurants’ waiting lists, among other uses.
The company equipment and software is used in 70,000 restaurant around the world.