BBQGuys, an online retailer specializing in grills and smokers, outdoor kitchens, patio furniture and other leisure products formerly known as ShoppersChoice.com, will expand its online sales operation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The company plans to create 50 jobs.
“From its beginnings in Baton Rouge almost 20 years ago, BBQGuys has grown into an e-commerce leader specializing in online sales of outdoor cooking and leisure products,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “This company is a homegrown success story, and with this latest chapter, it is adding 50 news jobs to its online sales force and customer support staff. This is a particularly competitive field that is both growing and changing with every new development in consumer technology. As the company continues to build on its success, we are happy to secure that growth in the Capital Region with a ready and skilled workforce.”
“With our focus on everything related to barbecue, from products to accessories to sauces and more, we think we can become a billion- or multibillion-dollar company,” CEO Mike Hackley said. “Louisiana is my home, and I want to keep the jobs here. People make our business, and there’s nothing like having local employees growing us nationally with a touch of Southern hospitality.”
“I’m excited to see yet another business in Baton Rouge take advantage of local opportunities to expand and hire more employees,” Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said. “BBQGuys is also participating in eBay’s Retail Revival Baton Rouge program, which is offering one year of free training to dozens of local small businesses so they can learn to grow their customer bases even more through online sales.”
“BBQGuys began its operations in Baton Rouge 21 years ago and is one of Louisiana’s great tech industry entrepreneurial success stories,” said President & CEO Adam Knapp of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. “Today, we thank Mike and his team for placing their confidence in the Baton Rouge area. These are 50 great jobs in customer support, and we encourage interested individuals to apply to this incredible company.”