Gov. John Bel Edwards highlighted the dedication of
Initial plans called for Waitr to create 100 new direct jobs averaging $55,000 per year, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates another 107 new indirect jobs will result from the project, for a total or more than 200 new jobs in Acadiana. Headquartered in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where the company launched in 2014, Waitr now plans to create 50 additional direct jobs in Lafayette, beyond the employment of 65 now, to support its business growth.
The Lafayette Operations Center event included a ribbon-cutting and community open house at the Bertrand Drive facility, where
“Louisiana is best-known around the world for its energy and tourism sectors, which we are immensely proud of,” Gov. Edwards said. “But Louisiana increasingly is becoming known as a technology capital. We have attracted many of the leading technology employers of the world to our state in an effort to diversify our economy. What makes
Since the June 2016 announcement of plans for the Lafayette Operations Center, Waitr has opened delivery in 20 additional cities across the South and in California, and now has more than 1,200 employees nationwide. Today, Waitr has 2,000 restaurant partners and hundreds of thousands of users across five states.
“Much of our success is due to our talented and extremely hard-working staff including those, right here in Lafayette, at our new facility,”
To secure the
“Today’s graduation from the Opportunity Machine and ribbon-cutting add to the positive momentum and growth in the tech sector Lafayette has seen over the past two years,” said LEDA President and CEO Gregg Gothreaux. “Chris and the entire team at Waitr embody the entrepreneurial spirit of the region that was the impetus behind creating the Opportunity Machine. We look forward to working with Waitr as they continue to grow in the community.”
“The goal of the Opportunity Machine is to recruit and grow the best businesses in Lafayette,” OM Executive Director Zachary Barker said. “
Waitr is an on-demand food delivery service and online restaurant technology platform designed to connect local restaurants to hungry consumers. Founded in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Waitr’s mission is to develop the local food culture for communities across the United States by expanding the reach of local restaurant menus. Available on the Web, on iPhone and Android devices, Waitr is the most convenient way to discover, order and eat great food from the best local restaurants. Today, Waitr has 2,000 restaurant partners and hundreds of thousands of users in 19 cities across five states. For more information, visit WaitrApp.com.