by Kim Souza, The City Wire
Meat giant Tyson Foods got its start in the early 1930s on Emma Street in downtown Springdale. The third Tyson family generation led by John Tyson, grandson of the founder, announced late last week that nearly 300 of Tyson’s corporate employees would be going home to work in what will be a new corporate office on the property at 319 E. Emma Ave, where the company’s original headquarters begin in downtown Springdale.
Last summer, Tyson Foods announced plans to relocate some of its corporate staff from the Johnson Road headquarters to downtown Springdale in an effort to put more feet on the street and support the city’s efforts to revitalize its downtown area. In January, Tyson Foods committed a $1 million to the Downtown Springdale Alliance to help jump-start the city’s revitalization efforts.
“We are collaborating with the Downtown Springdale Alliance, the Chamber of Commerce and other businesses leaders to make this area a hub on innovation,” Tyson told the large crowd gathered on Emma Street. “We hope others will join the effort to help make downtown Springdale an intersection where commerce, food, the arts and families meet.”
Tyson said will soon begin construction on a new two-story, 44,000 square-foot structure behind and between the two older buildings, preserving the original frontage. He said Tyson will move about 250 of the corporate staff to the new building on Emma Street. And just a couple of blocks east on Emma in the former JTL Shops, which Tyson Foods purchased in January and is renovating, where another 75 corporate employees and the company’s employee store will be relocated.