HARLINGEN — Out with the endless buffet, and in with business services.
The old Golden Corral on West Tyler Avenue has been sold to locally-owned DataLogic Software Inc.
DataLogic, founded by owner and operator Rick Ledesma in 1994, is experiencing growing pains at its present site at 1501 S. 77 Sunshine Strip and is trading those offices for 10,000 square feet of former restaurant space.
“We’ve outgrown this facility,” Ledesma said yesterday. “We have 37 employees now, so we need a bigger space. That location is really convenient for training because it’s got hotels nearby and there are a lot of restaurants so trainees can go out and have lunch.
“We thought it was an ideal place to have a training center,” added Ledesma, who declined to say what his firm paid for the Golden Corral site.
Ledesma said he plans a complete renovation of the property over the next six months to add offices and the training center for use both by his employees and by the firm’s customers.
DataLogic provides custom computer and system analysis and design for its clients, including the cloud-based Vesta compliance management system for health care providers.
“They are going to convert it to wide-open collaborative office space with a few private offices,” said Eric Ziehe of NAI Commercial Real Estate Services, who brokered the sale.
“It will house computer programmers and their support staff at considerably higher-paying jobs than restaurant workers, and the company is locally owned so we will basically import dollars to Harlingen,” Ziehe added.
“I say this in contrast to nationally-owned restaurants who basically export money from Harlingen,” he said.
For his part, Ledesma is focusing not just on a new company headquarters, but the potential the new location offers.
“We think it’s going to be a great office, and it’s going to be a learning atmosphere for our employees as well.” He said. “We’ll be able to bring development experts from around the country to train our employees on the newest technology.”