Welcome, Hertz : Dozens of top executives start work in SWFL
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NAPLES, Fla. - Two dozen of Hertz's top executives began working out of the company's temporary headquarters in Naples today.
After months of anticipation, Hertz is finally here in Southwest Florida.
There's a new name on the entrance sign that sits outside the 5/3 Center in Naples. The Hertz Corporation is the newest company to call the 5/3 Center, and more importantly Southwest Florida its home.
Today, two dozen of the company's top executives and essential staffers moved into the building.
"It's another milestone for us to get situated in Southwest Florida, so it's a big day for us," said Richard Broome, Hertz Executive Vice President of Public Affairs.
It's a big day that's been five months in the making.
The fortune 500 company announced back in May that it would be moving it's headquarters from the northeast to right here in Southwest Florida.
Only about 25 workers are working out of the Naples temporary location for now, but that will soon change.
"We'll have more [employees] here at the beginning of 2014, probably about 200 or so," said Broome. "By the time we complete the facility in Estero we will have about 700 [workers]."
The company recently unveiled its plan for that facility in Estero, which will be the companies permanent location.
But now now, Naples in home.
"Everyone is really welcoming and want us to feel good about being here," said Broome.
Among those rolling out the red carpet for the fortune 500 company are local businesses, specifically nearby restaurants that are expecting a bigger lunch crowd with the Hertz move.
Coreen Flynn works at Taps, a popular lunch spot in the neighboring Mercado plaza.
She says they are excited for the uptick in business, "The lunch shifts are gonna pick up and that means a lot more high volume and great tips for the staff."
"We're all really excited about it," said Flynn."