The mecca of meats, cheeses, and wines known as Eataly is expanding across the land, now moving into the foodie hub of Boston, Massachusetts.
How many does it take to facilitate such an operation? About 600, it seems.
The big move is an ambitious one, with the market being tight for employers to find help, according to the Boston Globe.
“It’s not an easy task, when you’re hiring that many people,” said Cleo Clarke, Vice President of Human Resources for Eataly’s North American Operations, according to the news source. “I wish I could sit here and tell you that on opening day we will be fully staffed. It wouldn’t be a wise statement.”
It’s a hefty bite into the local market. The project will cost the growing chain about $30 million, with the space set at 44,000-square-feet.
However steep the incline may be for Eataly’s uphill battle, the November entrance is still being hailed as much-anticipated.
“My sense of the culture of the group is that it’s certainly ambitious, it’s opportunity-laden for the people who work there, and there’s obviously great integrity in the product sourcing,” said Eli Feldman, Co-Founder of mobile technology company Clothbound, which matches restaurants and employees. “So I think there are certainly some very attractive elements.”
Eataly representatives have also met with Boston’s Chief of Economic Development, John Barros, to discuss job fair opportunities, among a number of other hiring efforts.
With the stardom of celebrity chef Batali’s name, and a reputation for being innovative and facilitating growth, Feldman supported that Eataly could pull off the staffing challenge.
“Will they achieve [their goal]? I have no doubt that they will, one way or another,” Feldman said. “But it’s going to be an enormous effort.”
For its part, the company is ensuring that “potential poaching” of employees from other restaurants in the area not be a concern.
“We don’t want to be that company that comes in and poaches from any specific area,” Clarke said. “For us, it’s important to cast a wide net, put it out that we’re here. The last thing we want to do is be that company that comes in and causes a disruption.”
Eataly has shown marked plans for continued growth, including cracking into the Canadian market via hustle and bustling Toronto, and Deli Market News will be sure to bring you the latest moves the market, and other chains in the industry, make.