Bob Evans to move company headquarters

Bob Evans Farms Inc. said Thursday that it would move its corporate headquarters to New Albany, Ohio, from its long-time location in Columbus.

The new location is about 25 miles northeast of Columbus.

The new corporate campus is expected to be done in 2013, the company said in a news release. “We’re pleased to announce our plans to remain in Central  Ohio. We have been a major part of the Ohio economy for decades, employing nearly 14,000 Ohioans, and contributing more than $1 million annually to philanthropic community-based efforts across the state,” CEO Steve Davis says in the release. “Ohio is where our company was founded … and we’re committed to growing our company here.”

The new location offered an abundance of available land, infrastructure, ease of development, and a convenient location near major transportation routes and the airport, according to the company. The company had moved to its Columbus location from Gallipolis, Ohio in 1968.

Bob Evans’ headquarters has nearly 400 employees. The company said it looked into redeveloping its current campus to accommodate growth, but decided that building from scratch was a more cost-effective option.

Bob Evans has 194 Bob Evans restaurants, three Mimi’s Café restaurants, two food products production plants, a distribution center, fleet maintenance centers and the company’s Farm and Homestead in Ohio.

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