The owners of a Montreal ice cream maker are looking to open a Google headquarters in the city, amid the country’s ongoing recession.
The company is named after a Google search engine, Ice Cream, that was launched in 2008 and has grown into one of Canada’s largest food companies.
The company plans to expand its operations to Quebec and New Brunswick in 2018.
The Quebec City location will be the first of its kind in Canada.
“Google is very much on the rise,” said the owner, Chris LaCroix.
“We’re seeing an exponential growth of searches and searches for other search engines, and the Ice Cream brand is a great example of that.”
LaCroix says Google has opened offices in many countries, but Montreal has never been in its sights.
The city is currently suffering from a severe recession and the city’s population is shrinking.
LaCroIX says the Ice Cone company will be able to hire a staff of about 40 people, which he says will be enough to handle the growth.
“If Google can do that, there’s no doubt we can.”
LaCrosse is hopeful that the company can open a second location in Montreal.
He says he hopes to open in 2018, but the first will be more difficult.
“I think we’ll need to go all the way to 2019, and that’s when we’ll see if it’s worth it,” he said.
The first Ice Cream is expected to open sometime in late 2020 or early 2021, with a second opening in 2021.