1-800 Flowers.com, Inc. has made a decision to continue to call Long Island home for years to come.
The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA) has approved a 15-year PILOT program to assist 1-800-Flowers in renovating and moving into a new corporate headquarters and retaining its 377 full time-equivalent jobs.
The company will move from its Carle Place location to 2 Jericho Plaza in Jericho resulting in an approximately $10 million project that will create 12 jobs for renovations. The retention of 1-800 Flowers will result in a net tax benefit to the county of approximately $8.5 million and a total economic benefit of $612 million.
“1-800-Flowers delivers great products nationwide, and I’m proud they’ll continue to grow their business in Nassau County,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “Internet-based companies can operate anywhere, but this iconic company has decided to develop their new headquarters and employ hundreds of residents right here in Nassau.”
“Many of us have been a 1-800-Flowers consumer at one point or another in our lives, and hopefully this project will shed light on how much this corporation brings to Nassau County and our region,” said Richard Kessel, Nassau IDA Chairman. “We are retaining $67 million in payroll, over 377 jobs, and the IDA hopes to be a continued partner in their growth.
1-800-Flowers turned to the Nassau IDA when they knew they were in need of a new corporate headquarters to support their growth. As the company was considering a new location, some of which were out of state, the IDA assembled a package that was attractive to both the company and the county which ultimately led to 1-800 Flowers choosing to stay in Nassau. The new space is approximately 97,000 square feet, which represents a 20 percent increase from the current headquarters. The company and its 377 employees are expected to move in on or around May 2021 with an 11-year lease and several renewal options.
1-800 Flowers was founded in 1976 and has called Long Island home for almost 30 years. The company has a long history in innovating, as it was a pioneer in utilizing 24/7 toll-free numbers and conversational commerce via chat/chatbots. The floral and gourmet foods provider has grown into a billion-dollar global corporation, with brands under its roof that include Harry & David, Cheryl’s Cookies, Shari’s Berries.com, Popcorn Factory, 1-800-Baskets.com, Wolferman’s Bakery, Stock Yards, FruitBouquets.com, Simply Chocolate, Personalization Universe, and Goodsey.com.