On Friday, I was able to help welcome Red Lobster back to Downtown Orlando when the company opened its new global headquarters on Orange Avenue. Four decades ago Red Lobster had its first corporate office in Downtown before leaving for another location in our City.
Red Lobster is bringing more than 300 employees to Downtown. Their new home includes a Culinary Development Center, where the company’s team of chefs will create recipes for meals that will be served in their more than 700 restaurants around the world. Each year, Red Lobster will bring 1,600 employees to their headquarters for training. They will stay in Downtown hotels and eat in our restaurants.
To quote Red Lobster CEO Kim Lodrrup, “Downtown Orlando is the perfect place to begin this next chapter in our history because it allows Red Lobster to be at the heart of a growing business area and provides employees with access to the best part of the city.” I couldn’t agree with him more.
Developments like Red Lobster’s return to Downtown are a big reason why Forbes ranked Orlando the top city in the nation for job growth. We’ve created a Downtown and a city that allows businesses the opportunity to offer their employees world-class amenities and an unmatched quality of life. I want to welcome our new neighbors to Downtown Orlando.
– Buddy Dyer, Mayor