Simmons First Eyes Downtown Acxiom Building in Little Rock


Simmons First Eyes Downtown Acxiom Building in Little Rock
Simmons Bank of Pine Bluff bought the 12-story Acxiom Building in downtown Little Rock. Acxiom is using capital from the $25 million sale to upgrade its 40-year-old campus in Conway. (Wil Chandler)

What’s new with talk of a sale of the Acxiom Building in downtown Little Rock?

Glad you asked.

Our well-placed insider tells us that Simmons First National Corp. is taking a long, hard look at buying the 188,460-SF building at 601 E. Third St.

If the company moves forward with an acquisition, it would facilitate the consolidation of about 200 staffers scattered around town.

Most of those are on floors 11-14 at the Simmons Tower at 425 W. Capitol Ave.

Three of those floors were occupied by Metropolitan National Bank, which Simmons bought in 2013.

A purchase of the 12-story Acxiom Building with supporting five-story parking deck is among the several options that Simmons is exploring.

That list includes consolidating personnel in another location, staying as is and building a new building.