Wednesday July 28, 2004
Carmen Hickerson, (502) 625-0204
Rebecca Fleischaker Couch,(502) 574-2974 Jamie Estes, (502) 212-5126
In a press conference with Mayor Jerry Abramson and state and local leaders, Consumers Choice Coffee’s President Bob Patterson unveiled their new facility in West Louisville that will allow the company to expand its workforce and produce line.
“This strategic move puts us closer to our customers and the growth of downtown,” said Patterson. “It would not have been possible without the help and support of the city of Louisville, especially the staff of the Metro Development Agency, Greater Louisville Inc., and the state of Kentucky. We have already seen significant benefits to being near downtown and I expect this new facility to allow us to further solidify our position as the market leader.”
Consumers Choice Coffee serves 1,700 office, restaurant and convenience store clients in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Its move to a new 17,550 square-foot facility, from their previous Produce Road site, will allow them to introduce new product lines, and eventually start a division to refurbish coffee-brewing equipment. The move will allow Consumers Choice Coffee to add 15 new jobs in addition to the 14 current local employees, with a projected payroll of approximately $530,000.
“Consumers Choice Coffee’s move to West Louisville is a perfect illustration of our partnership with GLI and the state to focus on the many areas for redevelopment in our community,” stated Mayor Abramson. “Consumers Choice is a natural fit that brings jobs and opportunities to this neighborhood.”
The $1.25 million expansion includes the company’s office coffee service, fine dining, convenience store, fast food and service divisions, as well as their corporate headquarters. Based on Consumers Choice’s plans, they received preliminary approval from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority for $366,000 in state incentives. They have received approval for a $100,000 loan from METCO Board, and changed the name of the portion of the street they front, from Oldham Street to Quality Choice Place.
The company also plans to renovate an existing 4,800 square-foot building located on the property that will be used to house its new refurbishment equipment department. The new facility also will allow CCC to offer an expanded equipment service area as well as offer an enhanced state-of-the-art training facility for its customers and employees.
“Consumers Choice already had established itself as a great local business, thanks to their connections with many of Louisville’s finest restaurants and companies,” said Steve Higdon, president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce. “Today’s unveiling signifies Consumers Choice’s desire to work even closer with their local clients and other local businesses.”
Community Ventures, a non-profit economic development company in Lexington, Ky., allotted new markets tax credits to CCC to help fund land acquisition and construction for the project. Consumers Choice Coffee is the first business to receive this credit in Kentucky.
Founded in 1971, CCC offers more than 75 varieties of coffees including their own Seattle Roast ™, Willow Creek™ and Villa Rey™, as well as Heine Brothers and Starbucks. In Louisville, more than 85% of the fine dining restaurants serve various roasts from Consumers Choice. Some of their clients include Vincenzo’s, the English Grill, Jicama Grill, Le Relais, and Equus. Consumers Choice also services Thornton’s Quick Cafes and chain fast food restaurants, including McDonald’s.