Smart Eats: Waitr building restaurant technology operations center, hiring 100 in Lafayette
LAFAYETTE, La. — Waitr Inc., and Governor John Bel Edwards, announced that it will develop a 100-job technology operations center in Lafayette. Waitr founder and CEO Chris Meaux joined Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson and President and CEO Gregg Gothreaux of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority in making the announcement at the fifth annual ABiz State of the Economy Luncheon in Lafayette.
Headquartered in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Waitr is an online and mobile software-solution business that partners with local restaurants, providing delivery service for restaurants and making available to them a new range of customers via home delivery. Diners may also pay via the free Waitr app from their restaurant tables.
The 100 new direct jobs created by Waitr’s Lafayette expansion will provide an average annual salary of $55,000, plus benefits, for software engineers and restaurant operations professionals. LED estimates the project will result in another 107 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 200 new jobs in Acadiana and surrounding regions. The company will retain 129 current full-time employees at its Lake Charles headquarters and at city team offices in markets where it operates. Additionally, Waitr will retain more than 300 delivery positions and create 100 new driver positions through the expansion. Check for Waitr jobs here.
“Waitr is a prime example of the unique spirit of innovation that can be found in Louisiana,” Gov. Edwards said. “The vision of the company’s leadership is proof that Louisiana startups have their eyes on the future. With its growth in Lake Charles and expansion into Lafayette, Waitr is bringing a further element of diversification to our state. From IBM to GE to CenturyLink and EA, Louisiana continues to demonstrate what a fertile area our state is for software technology – no matter what region of the state you choose for project growth and development.”
READ MORE of this story at Louisiana Economic Development. Photo courtesy of Waitr.