Cheryl’s to Expand Existing Facility, Add 92 Jobs to its Workforce

October 28, 2013

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Columbus, OH – Cheryl’s, a longtime Columbus Region-based company now owned by the 1-800- Flowers Family of Brands, has announced it will double its production capacity in response to high customer demand. In addition to expanding its current facility by 42,000 square feet, the company will add 92 new jobs to its 160-employee roster over the next three years.

“Cheryl’s has seen tremendous growth in recent years, which has prompted the need to expand our production capacity and hire nearly 100 new employees,” said Jim McCann, founder and CEO, 1-800- Flowers Family of Brands. “We are proud to build upon Cheryl’s long history in the Columbus Region with this expansion.”

Known for its fresh-baked desserts, Cheryl’s was founded more than 30 years ago in the Columbus Region by Cheryl Krueger and her college roommate. Within seven years, the company expanded its offerings from just cookies to gifts and desserts, merging with the 1-800-Flowers Family of Brands in 2005. Cheryl’s continues to operate Ohio-based retail stores, an e-commerce site and a catalog-driven Business Gift Division – all from its headquarters in Westerville.

“Cheryl’s has been a staple in the Columbus Region for more than three decades, and continues to attract a strong customer base both inside the state via retail stores and globally via the e-commerce site and catalogs,” said Jason Bechtold, economic development administrator, City of Westerville. “We welcome this expansion to the Cheryl’s Westerville headquarters, and look forward to facilitating the company’s continued growth.”

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About Cheryl’s
Cheryl’s is a multi-faceted business comprised of retail stores in Ohio, a high-traffic Internet business and a successful Business Gift Division, all headquartered in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, Ohio. A 2005 merger enabled Cheryl’s to become a part of the 1-800-Flowers Family of Brands, while maintaining the company’s mission to provide the finest fresh-baked gifts and desserts. The company’s four divisions (Retail, Catalog, Business Gift Services and Internet) can be found at Cheryls.com.

About 1-800-FLOWERS.COM
1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. is the world’s leading florist and gift shop. For more than 35 years, 1-800- FLOWERS® (1-800-356-9377 or www.1800flowers.com) has been helping deliver smiles for our customers with gifts for every occasion, including fresh flowers and the finest selection of plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, confections, candles, balloons and plush stuffed animals.

The 1-800-FLOWERS.COM “Gift Shop” also includes gourmet gifts such as popcorn and specialty treats from: The Popcorn Factory® (1-800-541-2676 or www.thepopcornfactory.com); cookies and baked gifts from Cheryl’s® (1-800-443-8124 or www.cheryls.com); premium chocolates and confections from Fannie May® confections brands (www.fanniemay.com and www.harrylondon.com); gift baskets and towers from 1-800-Baskets.com® (www.1800baskets.com); incredible, carved fresh fruit arrangements from FruitBouquets.com (www.fruitbouquets.com); top quality steaks and chops from Stock Yards® (www.stockyards.com); as well as premium branded customizable invitations and personal stationery from FineStationery.com® (www.finestationery.com). The Company’s Celebrations® brand (www.celebrations.com) is a source for creative party ideas, must-read articles, online invitations and ecards. The Company’s BloomNet® international floral wire service (www.mybloomnet.net) provides a broad range of quality products and value-added services designed to help professional florists grow their businesses profitably.

About Columbus 2020
Columbus 2020 is a public-private partnership that leverages the strengths of the Columbus Region’s talented workforce, small and large businesses, research and academic institutions, and international connections to ignite economic growth and build a healthier, more sustainable future for Central Ohio. The initiative grows our economy by ensuring that our existing companies are growing and thriving, that the world ́s leading companies are attracted to the 11-county region, that innovations are cultivated and commercialized, and that our civic infrastructure is continually improving to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world economy. For more information, visit ColumbusRegion.com.

Contact:
Kenny McDonald
614-225-6063

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