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Inspire Brands Creating 1,100 Jobs in Atlanta


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Inspire Brands, the newly created parent company of Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Rusty Taco, announced it will create more than 1,100 new jobs and move its headquarters a mile west in the northern Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, Georgia.

While the new jobs won’t come all at once, Inspire said it will add the new positions over the next six years if internal projections for its upcoming growth hold up. In a recent interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Inspire co-founder and CEO Paul Brown said the headquarters expansion is part of its plans to aggressively grow the company, which includes a desire to buy additional restaurant chains “from fast food to casual dining.”

“Our vision is to invigorate great brands and supercharge their long-term growth, and Atlanta provides the culture of innovation we need for our brands to reach unprecedented success,” Brown said in a release. “I want to thank Governor Deal and his team for their leadership in helping cultivate our city and state in to a world-class business hub.”

Inspire plans to make a capital investment of approximately $32 million during the development of its new Global Support Center at 3 Glenlake Parkway in Sandy Springs. This news comes five months after Inspire announced it was shedding 130 jobs at the former headquarters of Buffalo Wild Wings in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis.

The new headquarters is slated to open in 2019. Inspire said it will maintain a regional support center in Minneapolis. The company may open additional support centers in the U.S. as a result of future acquisitions.

Inspire Brands is a multi-brand restaurant company founded in February 2018 by Paul Brown, former CEO of Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc., and Neal Aronson, founder and managing partner of Roark Capital. Inspire’s portfolio includes more than 4,600 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Rusty Taco restaurants worldwide, with combined global system sales of more than $7.6 billion in 2017.

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