Acxiom pulls out of Little Rock, sells building to Simmons Bank

Arkansas-based Acxiom announced Friday it is moving its corporate headquarters from downtown Little Rock back home to Conway.

The data mining firm sold its River Market facility to Simmons Bank, which is consolidating its Central Arkansas locations.

Acxiom says all of its Little Rock-based employees will stay with the company, with the majority working from their original Conway campus, built in 1969. Some employees will work from home and a small number will stay in Little Rock.

“As Acxiom has expanded its locations and service offerings to meet the needs of clients around the world, we have made it a priority to provide our associates with modern workspaces that foster engagement, collaboration and teamwork,” Acxiom CEO Scott Howe said in a statement. “This relocation will provide all central Arkansas associates with a more collaborative environment to work together and meet the needs of our global client base.”

Simmons Bank was founded in Pine Bluff in 1903, and now has banking operations in four states, with more than 1,900 employees. Simmons Chairman and CEO George Makris, Jr., says the Acxiom building purchase is the next logical step in the company’s growth.

“We believe this location in Little Rock will provide our associates a more convenient and state-of-the-art facility to call home, and will accommodate our continued growth in central Arkansas," Makris said.

The building, just a few blocks from the new Little Rock Technology Park, has its own 500-spot parking deck, a gymnasium, an outdoor basketball court, dining facilities and a park with walking trails.

Simmons will consolidate its Central Arkansas offices over the next year, and says it plans to remodel and refit the building to fit its needs. They will begin moving employees from various central Arkansas offices to the new River Market location.

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