Chattanooga-Based Five Star Food Service Opens 300th Micro-Market

Monday, June 30, 2014

Chattanooga-based Five Star Food Service, Canteen Vending’s largest franchise, has opened its 300th micro-market becoming one of nation’s first independent operators to surpass that threshold. Since installing its first micro-market in January, 2011, Five Star has expanded the concept throughout Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. 

Officials said, "Micro-markets are the evolution of the vending industry. They are unattended convenience stores placed in break rooms of large corporations. These markets enable employees to shop over 300 food and beverage options within the workplace.  The self-checkout kiosk allows employees to pay for their purchases with cash, credit/debit cards, or even their thumb-print.  The variety and convenience of this new concept has significantly improved employee engagement with numerous companies throughout the Southeast."

“This is a huge milestone in the micro-market segment, as well as for our micro-market line of business at Five Star,” said President and CEO Alan Recher. “We would not have reached this milestone without the persistence and dedication of our whole team, top to bottom. From our senior-level sales and micro-market teams to the flawless execution of this new concept by our teams in the field.”

Five Star has no plans of slowing down, expecting to add 150 new markets annually.  “Our significant growth in this very short period of time only proves our commitment to this forward-thinking and cutting-edge technology,” said Vice President of Micro-Markets, Mark Stephanos. “I am certain that our dedicated team will continue to prove we are truly the leaders in the micro-market business. Next stop, 500 micro-markets!”

Five Star Food Service specializes in full-service vending, micro-markets, office coffee and corporate dining.



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