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Webstaurant Official Announcement

November 10th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Annapolis, Md. (November 10, 2014) – Governor Martin O’Malley today joined with Allegany County Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Director Matthew Diaz to announce that WebstaurantStore, the largest online supplier of food service equipment, is opening a distribution facility in Western Maryland. The company has purchased a 525,000 square-foot space east of Cumberland, in Mexico Farms, which will become its second distribution location on the East Coast.

As part of the company’s expansion into Maryland, WebstaurantStore plans to create 150 new jobs in the next two years. To assist with project costs, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) is providing a $300,000 conditional loan through the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund (MEDAAF). Additionally, Allegany County is offering a $30,000 conditional loan to the company on the same terms as the State.

“Our investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure get results: they create jobs, spur innovation, and provide the most competitive, highly-skilled workforce in the nation,” said Governor O’Malley. “More and more fast-growing companies like WebstaurantStore are setting up operations in Maryland to take advantage of our dynamic economic climate that fosters business to growth. We welcome WebstaurantStore and look forward to seeing their business expand and grow in our great State.” 

“Along with my fellow Commissioners, Creade Brodie and Bill Valentine, we are delighted to have a company like Webstaurant locate in Allegany County,” said Allegany County Commissioner President Michael W. McKay. “As Commissioners, we work daily to promote job growth and the redevelopment of properties that will allow our tax base to grow.”

“This will prove to be a great win for not only Allegany County, but the entire region.  Projects like this show the importance of tax credit incentives programs such as the Enterprise Zone and One Maryland,” said Director Diaz. “Without these programs and a true partnership with our friends at DBED, these projects would be extremely hard to make happen.”  

“We are happy to be opening a distribution center in Cumberland. The State and County worked together to put together an attractive incentive for bringing jobs to Western Maryland,” said Dave Groff, President of WebstaurantStore. “Our company is excited to commence operations in Cumberland and looks forward to being part of the community for many years to come.”

WebstaurantStore formed in Lancaster, Pa. in 2004. The online retailer provides food service professionals with restaurant equipment, cookware, janitorial supplies, consumable products, and other necessities for the restaurant industry. Known as the leading restaurant supply store, the company currently has three other distribution centers in the country, located in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Nevada. WebstaurantStore’s parent company, Clark Associates, employs over 900 people and was recently named one of Central Penn Business Journal’s fastest growing companies.

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