It was just announced that Krystal, founded in Chattanooga, TN in 1932, is moving their headquarters out of downtown Chattanooga to somewhere in North Atlanta early next year. From NewsChannel9:
The Krystal Company announced Wednesday that it will relocate its corporate office, called the Restaurant Support Center (RSC), from its current location in Chattanooga to a new location in North Atlanta in early 2013. In a news release the company said, “The move will allow the company to deliver support to its 350 restaurants more efficiently and effectively from Atlanta’s central location, particularly with its high concentration of restaurants in and around the Atlanta area.”
Chattanooga was the birthplace of Krystal nearly 80 years ago. In its release the company said “Krystal will continue to honor Chattanooga as its birthplace as well as its founding family, the Davenports. The company is searching for a site for an official Krystal museum and plans are underway for an 80th anniversary celebration in Chattanooga next year.”
The company said the relocation is part of the ongoing efforts of Krystal’s president and CEO Doug Pendergast, along with the corporate leadership team, to increase customer satisfaction, grow sales and profits, and improve franchisee success.
Pendergast made the announcement well in advance to ease the transition for Krystal’s approximately 60 RSC employees. The majority of the RSC employees have the option to apply for new positions in the Atlanta office. Severance packages and job search assistance will be offered to those who do not relocate.
Krystal opened up its first restaurant down on 7th and Cherry Streets back during the ’30s. It’s no longer a Krystal restaurant, but Krystal has been a Chattanooga icon for years. Having been born and raised in the Chattanooga area, it’s a little sad to see the headquarters move out of the area…even if it is now in my state.