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VOL. 130 | NO. 97 | Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TruGreen Inches Closer to New Memphis Headquarters

By Amos Maki

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TruGreen will move its 300 Memphis-area employees to a new corporate headquarters by the end of 2015, a move that will solidify the company’s spot in the Memphis business landscape.

“We are very close,” said Amy Simpson, spokesperson for TruGreen, adding that the company has “narrowed it down to a few places.”

In the next few weeks, TruGreen will take its 300 local employees to a new local corporate headquarters.

(Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

“Our plan is to move by the end of the year, after our peak season,” she said. “There isn’t any impetus except for our own people to feel that separation (from ServiceMaster) and feel we’re truly our own company.”

The “separation” Simpson refers to is the company’s spinning off from The ServiceMaster Co. at the beginning of 2014.

Simpson said TruGreen – one of the best-known brands in lawn care – has narrowed its search for a new headquarters to three buildings in two general areas, East Memphis and Germantown.

Currently, TruGreen shares space with ServiceMaster in the five-floor office building at 860 Ridgelake Boulevard in East Memphis. TruGreen occupies one of the five floors at the Ridgelake office building.

TruGreen also occupies half a floor in a nearby three-story building.

Having TruGreen operations spread across two buildings isn’t conducive to productivity and can create logistical problems for the business, Simpson said.

“No. 1 for us, I think having all of our people in one building is really important,” she said. “I do also think having somewhere green, or access to green areas, is very important.”

A lot has changed for Memphis-based TruGreen lawn care as well as its former parent company:

ServiceMaster underwent its own restructuring in February yet it remains a collection of residential and commercial services that include Terminix and Merry Maids.

In a ServiceMaster earnings call this past November – the last one that included TruGreen operating results – TruGreen CEO David Alexander called the spinoff “the best possible move for both ServiceMaster and TruGreen.”

“We’re in charge of our own destiny,” Alexander said at the time.

During the call, Alexander said the company remains rooted in Memphis despite its newfound independence.

“We plan to remain headquartered in the Memphis metropolitan area,” Alexander said at the time. “TruGreen is a part of the fabric of the community.”

ServiceMaster will likely backfill the vacated TruGreen office space, producing a net gain for the local office market.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 79 321 2,586
MORTGAGES 90 426 3,033
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 37 527
BUILDING PERMITS 153 796 6,864
BANKRUPTCIES 37 213 2,000
BUSINESS LICENSES 22 152 1,311
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 23 100 730
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 58 432