Just months after the United Healthcare Group relocated from its Monroe Turnpike office space in Trumbull, a number of local restaurants and caterers visited the new 108,000-square-foot residence at 4 Research Drive in Shelton on Wednesday, July 29th to encourage employees to “explore this beautiful city,” according to Bill Purcell, Head of the Chamber of Commerce.
“We wanted to extend a warm welcome to associates of United Healthcare,” said Purcell. “We’re so grateful to have them here and of course we want to encourage them to patronize our local businesses as well.”
Representatives from Giove’s pizza, Smoke & Bones, Panera Bread, Super Sandwich, and Focaccia’s Cafe and Catery all came to the “A Taste of Shelton” lunch ceremony to provide United Healthcare Group associates with a variety of sample sized meals off of their menus.
“It’s great for us because so many of us get trapped at our desks all day long, but this gives us some insight to some of the cuisine available to us in Shelton,” said Michael Santoro, Senior Vice President at United Healthcare. “It also brings some added positivity into the workspace while adding to the community engagement.
Two long lines formed in front of the food tables where employees smiled and waited to grab as many samples as their hands could manage.
Bill Wallberg, an Accounting Consultant at United Healthcare, said the event was a nice change of pace from being in the office all day as well as an opportunity for him and co-workers alike who are not from the area to see what food options it has to offer.
“I haven’t really spent much time in the Shelton area other than coming working but this gives me a chance to explore,” said Wallberg.
Mayor Mark Lauretti sent out letters welcoming the associates to the city, but also made an appearance at the ceremony to formally wish them luck and show hospitality.
“I’m not going to stand in between you and your lunch, but I want I want to say I’m glad you’re here in Shelton. The most business friendly city in the state of Connecticut, I promise.”