Retail Business Services (RBS) celebrated the opening of a new technology office with the gathering of elected officials, business leaders and other dignitaries in Quincy, Massachusetts, on June 17. The building houses 200 information technology associates and an innovation lab that provides technology services for the local brands of Ahold Delhaize USA, including Stop & Shop in the Boston area.
At the event, RBS associates demoed technologies, created in the company’s innovation lab, that create new, in-store experiences for customers and make grocery shopping easy.
“We’re proud to cut the ribbon on this new office and continue to be an employer-of-choice and a good neighbor in the Quincy community,” said Roger Wheeler, president of RBS. “Our business provides services to one of the largest grocery retail groups in the U.S., and we’re rapidly growing as we support local grocery brands through a period of evolution taking place in our industry. This new space enables us to continue our trajectory of growth.”
RBS currently is hiring for nearly 70 information technology positions based in the new office and its other East Coast and Chicago locations.
“We’re excited for this new space as we continue to expand our team,” said Paul Scorza, EVP, IT and CIO for Retail Business Services. “Whether it’s through our co-op program that brings college and graduate students into our innovation lab for six-month rotations, full-time hiring or partnerships with start-ups, universities and others, we’re always in the market for top talent to support our mission of creating the next generation of grocery retail.”
At the event, RBS announced a new partnership with the Quincy Chamber of Commerce to support the organization’s Incubate Quincy 1400 (IQ1400) venture, which aims to make Quincy a destination for tech startups.
“This type of investment and growth is at the heart of our efforts to revitalize downtown Quincy, and we are thrilled about the potential of this new partnership with the Chamber of Commerce,” said Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch. “Companies like Retail Business Services are absolutely vital to the future of downtown Quincy, and I am deeply grateful for their continued investment in our community.”
“We are proud to partner with Retail Business Services on this exciting initiative,” said Tim Cahill, president of the Quincy Chamber. “It will be a real boost for the emerging, tech startup community we are developing at IQ1400 in Quincy Center.”
RBS will sponsor space in the incubator for two technology startups for a period of six months and provide meeting and mentorship opportunities with its CIO and other innovation associates.
The new office includes 30,000 s.f. of two recently renovated floors of a building at 10 Granite Street, eight miles from Boston.