Ohio Retail and Restaurant Company Headquarters

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Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Toledo might not seem like the retail capitals of the world, but, in fact, these are the Ohio cities where some of the largest U.S. retailers and restaurant chains have chosen for their corporate headquarters. Depending on how you feel about living in the Midwest in general and Ohio in particular, the large number of Ohio retail HQ home offices this is either good news or bad news if you're a hunting for a management level job with corporations that do their own retailing.

Retail Fashion Heavyweights like Abercrombie & Fitch (which includes Hollister), and L Brands (which includes The Limited (which includes Victoria's Secret, La Senza, Henri Bendel, PINK and Bath & Body Works) have chosen not to join other iconic U.S. apparel retailers with flashy of New York headquarters locations. Apparently, it is just as easy to manage a global retail chain in a state where soda is "pop," where beanless chili is served over spaghetti noodles, and where two dozen American astronauts were born. Yes, we're talking about Ohio.

The U.S. restaurant industry apparently shares in the Ohio love, since some of the largest restaurant chains like Wendy's, Western Sizzlin', Bob Evans, and White Castle have their headquarters in Ohio cities. The home office management teams of specialty retailers like Big Lots, DSW, Jo-Ann, and Sherwin-Williams are also located in Ohio.  

And let's not forget that the largest U.S. grocery store chain, Kroger, calls Cincinnati Ohio it's home.

There's no mistake about it—as the sixth largest retail chain in the world, Kroger could choose to be headquartered anywhere in the U.S. Kroger chooses Ohio.

More than 60 supermarket, auto parts, convenience store, eyewear, and shoe retailers apparently agree with Kroger and other powerhouse retailing companies that Ohio is the place to be for home office headquarters.

For management level and visual merchandising job hunters, this is either good news or bad news, depending on if you believe that professional sports is actually about winning.  

Although the retail career path still allows retail employees to climb the retail corporate ladder from an entry-level retail store job to a retail management position, most often these days, retail headquarters jobs require specific retail education and experience. Most upper level retail executives today start their retail careers in headquarters positions, not as a retail store cashier.

What follows is the Ohio Retail Store & Restaurant Company Headquarters list, arranged alphabetically, according to the name of the retail company.

Ohio Headquarters for U.S. Retail Store and Restaurant Chains

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Headquarters - New Albany, OH
  • Acme Fresh Market Headquarters - Akron, OH
  • Aladdin's Eatery Headquarters - Lakewood, OH
  • American Greetings Headquarters - Cleveland, OH
  • Bath & Body Works Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • B&K Rootbeer headquarters - Cyuahoga Falls, OH
  • Big Lots Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Bob Evans Restaurant Headquarters - New Albany, OH
  • Bon-Ton Stores Headquarters - York, PA, Milwaukee, WI and Dayton, OH
  • BON VIE Bistro Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • BRIO Tuscan Grille Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Bravo! Cucina Italian Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Buffalo Wings & Rings Headquarters - Cincinnati, OH
  • Cap City Fine Ciner - Columbus, OH
  • Cassano's Pizza King Headquarters - Kettering, OH
  • Charley's Grilled Subs Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Damon's Grill & Sports Bar Headquarters - Columbus, OH (and Lincoln, Lincolnshire UK)
  • Discount Drug Mart Headquarters - Medina, OH
  • Donatos Pizzeria Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Dorothy Lane Market Headquarters - Dayton, OH
  • DSW Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • East of Chicago Pizza - Lima, OH
  • Esther Price Fine Chocolates Headquarters - Dayton, OH
  • Frisch's Restaurants Headquarters - Cincinnati, OH
  • Gold Star Chili Headquarters - Cincinnati, OH
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Headquarters - Akron, OH
  • Grismer Tire Company Headquarters - Dayton, OH
  • Heinen's Headquarters - Warrensville Heights, OH
  • Henri Bendel Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Hollister Headquarters - New Albany, OH
  • Hot Head Burritos Headquarters - Dayton, OH
  • Hudson 29 Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Jo-Ann Stores - Hudson, OH
  • Justice Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Kroger Headquarters - Cincinnati, OH
  • L Brands (Limited) Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • La Senza Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Lane Bryant Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • LaRosa's Pizzeria Headquarters - Cincinnati, OH
  • Lenscrafters Headquarters - Mason, OH
  • Luchitas Mexican Restaurants Headquarters - Cleveland, OH
  • Luxottica Headquarters - Mason, OH
  • Malley's Chocolates Headquarters - Lakewood, OH
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation - Findlay, OH
  • Marcella's Restaurant Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Marc's Deeper Discount Drug Stores - Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Marco's Pizza Headquarters - Toledo, OH
  • Marion's Piazza Headquarters - Dayton, OH
  • Matco Tools Headquarters - Stow, OH
  • Max & Erma's Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Melt Bar & Grilled Headquarters - Cleveland, OH
  • Michael Symon Restaurants Headquarters - Cleveland, OH
  • Micro Center Headquarters - Hillard, OH
  • MotoPhoto - Dayton, OH
  • Mr. Hero Restaurant Headquarters - Cleveland, OH
  • Pearle Vision Headquarters - Mason, OH
  • Penn Station East Coast Subs - 
  • Piada Italian Street Food Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Pink Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Rax Roast Beef Headquarters - Springfield, OH
  • Red Barn Headquarters - Dayton, OH
  • Rockne's Headquarters - Akron, OH
  • Sherwin-Williams Headquarters - Cleveland, OH
  • Skyline Chili Headquarters - Fairfield, OH
  • Speedway Headquarters - Enon, OH
  • Steak Escape Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Sunglass Hut Headquarters - Mason, OH
  • Swensons Drive In - West Akron, OH
  • Travel Centers of America Headquarters - Westlake, OH
  • Tween Brands Headquarters - New Albany, OH
  • Victoria's Secret Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Wendy’s Headquarters - Columbus, OH
  • Western Sizzlin Headquarters - Roanoke, VA.ed- Columbus, OH
  • White Castle Headquarters - Columbus, OH