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Virginia Beach will soon have a new Taste.
Specialty food retailer TASTE Unlimited is relocating its corporate headquarters from Norfolk to Virginia Beach, and bringing eight new jobs to the city in the process. The company purchased the 2.4 acre site at 1391 Air Rail Ave. for the offices and warehouse. The Virginia Beach Development Authority approved an $85,000 grant Tuesday for the relocation.
The new location will support the seven existing TASTE locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Some of the eight new job positions will include company executives and culinary staff.
TASTE is investing $4.1 million in this new headquarters location, according to a City release. The company is planning a 2017 opening of a store on 21st Street in Norfolk, and a 2018 opening of a store at Grove and Libbie avenues in Richmond. The retailer’s seven-year growth plan includes doubling the number of existing store locations, including two in Virginia Beach, and increasing the total employee count from 325 to 500.