Spirit Draws Plan From Franklin Control Center Relo | Development
Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines has canceled its pledge to create 345 jobs in Williamson County.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development confirmed to the To post that Spirit no longer intends to move its 24/7 operational control center from South Florida to Cool Springs. The news, first reported by the Nashville Business Journal, comes almost exactly a month after Spirit CEO Ted Christie said on an earnings conference call with investors that he expected Spirit to lead most other US carriers to a full financial recovery from the pandemic economy.
The carrier, which added Nashville International Airport to its route network in November 2019, announced in February 2020 that it planned to spend $ 11.3 million on its expansion in Franklin, a move that included lease 49,000 square feet of 9009 Carothers Parkway office space, move 240 existing jobs to Florida and 100 additional jobs in five years.
New hires were to continue a hiring trend that Christie touted as one of many factors in gradually restoring Spirit to full use when speaking to JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Barclays and others on the morning of April 22. cited customer satisfaction and efficient business operations as positioning the company for the near future, “giving me confidence that we will be among the first US carriers to achieve sustained profitability.”
Spirit’s change of mind comes after Williamson County, home to about a quarter of Tennessee Inc.’s 5,000 companies, scored several big ECD victories. The county recently hosted the California-born $ 220 million per year Educational Media Foundation and its K-LOVE radio station, which pledged 320 jobs. In April, Advanced Correctional Healthcare also announced the move of its own corporate headquarters and 58 jobs from Illinois to Franklin with a $ 2.5 million investment in its new home at 720 Cool Springs Blvd. That same office park is also expected to house behavioral healthcare company Landmark Recovery and its 350 jobs.
The state had already approved a $ 3 million employment subsidy for Spirit – the eighth busiest airline by total BNA passengers entering the pandemic – in March 2020. The subsidy was reportedly clawed back.