London-based payments processor WorldPay is to spend $10 million to relocate its US headquarters and 617 employees to Atlanta, amid plans to double its American workforce over the next four years.
Worldpay will occupy 130,000 square feet over six floors of the 201 17th Street office building located in Atlanta’s Midtown business district, the company has confirmed, following a competitive national search.
The relocation effort - which was supported by a $1.5 million City of Atlanta Economic Opportunity grant - will begin in March 2015 and continue into 2016.
Just last month, Worldpay US announced its intent to acquire SecureNet Payment Systems, a multi-channel commerce technology firm that integrates point-of-sale, mobile and eCommerce payments processing, inventory management and data analytics for merchants.
WorldPay says it intends to add 600 new staff to its employee roster in the US over the next four years as it looks for a new generation of developer talent versed in modern Web technology.
Worldpay US CEO Tony Catalfano says: "Worldpay intends to showcase Atlanta as a global payments capital by partnering with leading local academic and research institutions to attract the developers of next-generation mobile applications and point-of-sale solutions that integrate payments."