Value Place is working on a deal for new headquarters in Wichita, which also will house the company’s call center that it’s moving here from Florida.
“As hard hit as Wichita has been … we’re a company that’s hiring people in Wichita,” says Kyle Rogg, president and COO.
“There’s a lot of gloom and doom. It seems like when you read the paper about the local economy, that’s not our story,” he says. “We’re growing, hiring people, looking for talent. We’d like to replace some of those jobs that have been lost.”
Currently the company, which is in what Rogg calls the value segment of extended stay hotels, has 17,000 square feet at Wilson Estates Office Park at 8621 E. 21st St.
“We’re looking at a little more than that,” Rogg says. “We’re sort of in final discussions on a location, but we’re not done yet.”
The issue isn’t size alone.
“We’re currently in two places in the building,” Rogg says. “We’re going to bring that up and take on some more space here in the building.”
With the call center, which should be in place by late spring, that would make three separate places.
“We’re getting sort of chopped up where we are,” Rogg says. “We’d like to be a little more connected than that. … We’d all like to be one big, happy family in one place.”
Currently, Value Place is leasing its space.
“We’re looking at both lease and purchase options,” Rogg says.
The company has between 900 and 1,000 employees nationwide.
Rogg isn’t sure how many employees will be added with the call center.
“That’s still in flux.”
He says it should at least be dozens of employees.
“We’ll definite create some jobs.”
He says the company has already started hiring and is advertising to hire more in the next few months.
“Our experience is that we have a unique product, and we’d like … to give the guests and potential guests who call a more customized treatment,” Rogg says. “We think we can do that better in house than outsourced.”
Value Place has 193 properties, 82 of which it owns. The rest are franchises.
The corporation has six properties under construction, and franchisees have another half dozen or so in the works as well.
“We think well open about 20 this year,” Rogg says.
He says there were record franchise sales last year with about 50 franchise agreements, which is more signed agreements in a year than any other year since the company started in 2003.
“We’re growing like crazy,” Rogg says. He says there’s “just lots of growth, growth and more growth.”
He says he hopes to have news about the new headquarters within weeks.
“We’re just trying to keep up with going 100 miles an hour,” Rogg says. “We’re glad to be at a place where we can grow like this. These times don’t last forever.”