Jaipur Living Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Jaipur Living officials, including President Asha Chaudhary, center, participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking on the site of the company’s future corporate headquarters and distribution center on August 23.

Before breaking ground on the land that will be the site of Jaipur Living’s new corporate headquarters and distribution center, President Asha Chaudhary said the day was about sharing.

“The Jaipur story began with two looms in a small community in India. Through our partnerships with our artisans, who are truly the soul of our brand, the company has now blossomed into one of the largest exporters of rugs and textiles in India with over 50,000 artisans that are part of our community,” Chaudhary told a gathering of officials, employees and dignitaries on Aug. 23. “Over the years, we have never lost sight of our roots and our partners who have shared this journey with us. Today is more than a groundbreaking. It’s about sharing. It’s sharing in our future that we built together.”

Work was already underway on the 23-acre parcel of land in the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park. The first phase, a $12 million, 180,000-sq.-ft. corporate office and distribution center, is expected to be completed next year. The second phase, an $11 million expansion to bring the footprint to 350,000-sq.-ft. is targeted for completion by 2020. When work is completed, the operations from Jaipur Living’s three area distribution centers will be consolidated at one site.

Chaudhary said the new headquarters will also enable the company to continue to attract quality employees while it grows. In recent years, it has outgrown its current home in nearby Norcross, Ga.

“Other than giving the operational efficiency and giving us room to expand for the future, culture is a big part of who we are and what we do,” Chaudhary said. “I feel the way we’re building the corporate headquarters, we’ll have exercise room, showers, lounge areas, a community center where everybody can come together, a green area outside of the office. We’re hoping we create an environment that lets talented, amazing people want to work with us and flourish.”

Marshall Day, chairman of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development noted that the county has had its eyes on Jaipur Living for quite some time.

“I read one time that patience is a virtue. So, too, is persistence. We started this project three years ago. We wanted Jaipur in our park then and we want them now. It’s the kind of company we like here,” Day said. “They started from humble beginnings in 1978 and their operations in Norcross were so successful that they needed more space. That’s the kind of problem we like to solve.”

 

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Written By Thomas Lester