Long John Silver’s has once again been named one of the Best Places to Work in the state according to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management. This is the second year the Louisville-based restaurant company has been named to this prestigious list and accompanies a brand redesign plan the quick service company launched late last year.
The 14th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky list honors 100 companies from across the Commonwealth based on an assessment of each company’s employee policies, procedures, and an internal employee survey. Long John Silver’s employs approximately 200 employees in the Louisville-metro area and has nearly 1,000 stores across the country. Employee benefits include flex hours, health initiatives, and spontaneous “ring the bell” gatherings to recognize employees demonstrating outstanding contributions to the business and the community.
“Long John Silver’s has built a family-first culture based on work/life balance, inclusivity, and recognition,” said Krista Foster, Vice President of Human Resources in a press release. “Being named to the Best Places to Work in Kentucky for two consecutive years means that our employees believe in our core values and we are on the right track.”
Long John Silver’s recently moved corporate headquarters to a larger and more contemporary space in Louisville. Nine restaurants have begun design changes, and a new location is under construction on the corner of Westport Rd. and Goose Creek Rd. with plans to open in time for Lent.
“Goose Creek is a flagship restaurant for Long John Silver’s,” said Chief Executive Officer James O’Reilly in a press release. “It reflects years of collaboration from a talented and dedicated team of franchisees and our corporate staff to bring to life our restaurant of the future. 2018 marks an important year in the revitalization of the Long John Silver’s brand, and I can think of no better way to begin than with this new restaurant.”
The new design plans for the restaurants features interior changes as well as a sleek new exterior design that will replace the traditional cape cod style that has been the brand’s face since 1969. Most interesting in the interior changes is a more efficient layout that will speed up service and a new grill that will allow for new grilled seafood menu items – a big change from the longstanding fried seafood menu. The most exciting exterior design change is a quick service restaurant first. Long John Silvers is the first to install the “drive-thru of the future”: a system featuring three 55-inch high definition digital video screens backed by cutting edge DT audio and driven by a computer operated ordering and display system.
“We’re really excited about the new look of these restaurants and believe that they will enhance the customer’s overall experience when they dine in with us,” stated Brian Unger, President of the two chain operating companies. “It is really a great sign of things to come for the brand…”
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