LITTLE ROCK — Pine Bluff-based Simmons Bank said Friday it has purchased the building that housed Acxiom Corp. in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock.


“During our expansion in Little Rock we have maintained many of the locations we acquired through mergers, dispersing associates throughout the city,” George Makris Jr., chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corp., said in a statement. “This new primary location will allow us to consolidate offices in order to gain logistical and systemic efficiencies. Additionally, it will provide room for continued growth.”


The consolidation of offices is expected to take place over the next year. Simmons said it will remodel and refit the building and begin moving associates from various Central Arkansas offices to the new location.


The former Acxiom headquarters features a 500-spot parking deck, a gymnasium, an outdoor basketball court, dining facilities and a park with walking trails. It is located a few blocks from the new Little Rock Technology Park.


“This state-of-the-art facility will help us attract talented people from across the country,” Makris said. “From this location, Simmons associates will be able to walk or bike to work, walk to restaurants and entertainment venues and conveniently access an airport with commercial service. Our goal is to be one of the best places to work in the country.”


Since its founding in Pine Bluff in 1903, Simmons has acquired Metropolitan National Bank and Delta Trust and has expanded banking operations into Tennessee, Missouri and Kansas. It employs more than 1,900 people.