CHATTANOOGA, TN -- Five Star Food Service reports that it has opened its 300th micromarket, making it one of nation's first independent operations to attain that number of installations. The company began installing micromarkets in breakrooms early in 2011, and has since expanded the program at locations throughout Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
"This is a huge milestone in the micromarket segment, as well as for our micromarket line of business at Five Star," said Alan Recher, the vending operation's president and chief executive. "We would not have reached this milestone without the persistence and dedication of our whole team, top to bottom."
Five Star has no plans of slowing down; the company expects to add some 150 new micromarkets every year. "Next stop, 500 micromarkets,” predicted Mark Stephanos, vice-president of Five Star’s micromarket division.
Five Star Food Service specializes in full-service vending and micromarkets, office refreshment services and corporate dining. It has grown steadily during its two-decade history, and now maintains a network of 14 branches and a culinary center that prepares fresh food daily. Five Star employs a staff of more than 700 and runs 300 vending routes and 36 cafeterias, as well as the increasingly numerous micromarkets. The company is the country's largest Canteen franchisee.