PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia-based food and facilities services giant Aramark has announced that it’s heading west — but it won’t be leaving the city.
Aramark said Monday it will be moving to new digs on the banks of the Schuylkill River.
The announcement at Cira Green, the elevated park in University City, provided a bird’s-eye view.
“This is going to be the site of our new global headquarters at 2400 Market Street,” said Eric Foss, Aramark’s chief executive.
Foss said the plan is to add five stories to the four-story building overlooking the Schuylkill, creating 600,000 square feet of office space.
“The focus of the environment is going to have a big, big emphasis on innovation, on sustainability, and on green space,” he said.
Governor Tom Wolf and Mayor Jim Kenney joined Foss in blowing airhorns — the signal to drop the drape on a billboard that read: ‘Aramark, Home Sweet Home.’
Helping keep the company in Philadelphia took a little sweetening — some $20 million in state grants. Governor Wolf says Aramark’s adding the main ingredient.
“Keep in mind we’re talking tens of millions of dollars that they’re investing in their own company,” Wolf said. “And up to ten is in public goods that will enhance the quality of life for everybody in Philadelphia.”
Aramark’s also donating $100,000 to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation to help spruce up what will be its new neighborhood come fall of 2018.