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The Four Foods Group, a Highland, Utah-based restaurant development agency, recently received Inc. Magazine’s 2012 Hire Power Award. 2012 was the inaugural year for the Hire Power Awards which honored the United States’ 100 biggest job creators. The Four Foods Group was named the number one job creator in Utah and number 54 in the nation. Over the past three years, The Four Foods Group increased its number of employees from 47 to 455 and experienced 2,283 percent growth.
The Four Foods Group was founded by CEO Andrew K. Smith in 2008. According to Smith, his primary focus was to create as many jobs as possible in the markets that his company served. In an effort to accomplish this goal, the company joined forces with its primary brand, Kneaders Bakery and Café, when Smith became the franchisee for Kneaders’ Lehi location. Kneaders has since become one of the fastest growing restaurant franchises in Utah with the addition of 12 new stores that have opened in the past 36 months. The Four Foods Group has acquired the exclusive development rights to expand the Kneaders organization throughout Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.
The Four Foods Group underwent a major expansion in September 2012. The company relocated to a 4,500-square-foot corporate office space and 12,000-square-foot warehouse in American Fork, Utah. The move allowed the company to centralize all of the distribution of the retail goods it sends out to its restaurants, as well as staging for new restaurants. The move equaled a 500 percent increase in office space for The Four Foods Group. The company plans to expand further by the end of 2013 with its current projected growth plans.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to be named one of the 100 biggest job creators in the country,” said Smith. “My sole goal has always been to provide as many jobs as possible by expanding my business. Money is secondary for my wife and I and it always has been. I believe that if you focus on the people involved in your business, money will come as a result. We foresee The Four Foods Group’s employee base growing by 2,000 over the next few years.”
The Four Foods Group is a regular supporter of local food banks, shelters and military personnel. Each of its stores allocates a certain amount of food that is donated every month.
For more information on The Four Foods Group, visit: www.fourfoodsgroup.com.