FoodServiceWarehouse.com will move into SubTropolis and plans to bring a good amount of jobs to Kansas Citians seeking work.
By Kathryn Greene
FoodServiceWarehouse.com (FSW), a leading e-commerce company, has signed a 10-year lease to occupy 475,200 square feet of warehousing and distribution space in Hunt Midwest SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex. FSW, which provides high-quality foodservice equipment and supplies, will bring 40 Kansas City-based jobs to the region, as well as an initial $11 million capital investment with Hunt Midwest.
“This announcement is a testament to the strength of Kansas City’s economy and to the manner in which we’re targeting high-growth industries,” said Mayor Sly James. “FSW is in great hands at SubTropolis, and I’m thrilled to welcome them to our community.”
An internal analysis by FSW helped the company choose to set up in Kansas City, but it was SubTropolis’ location and low occupancy costs that were the persuading factors when it came time to select the physical address.
Madhu Natarajan, CEO of FSW, explains the move. “When we toured SubTropolis, we immediately saw the opportunity it held for our company,” he says. “The potential to grow our footprint within the underground and the access to high-speed connectivity helped us make our final decision.”
FSW also has the opportunity to expand its space to 792,000 square feet to accommodate its anticipated growth.
“Companies that have embraced technology are the truly the ones that will move our economy forward,” Mike Downing, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, says.
“Missouri’s strong transportation infrastructure, highly-skilled workforce and pro-business climate make for the perfect platform for companies to engage in e-commerce.”