Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods has announced plans to move its Little Rock office to the Fulk Building, located on the southwest intersection of Third and Main in downtown Little Rock. The agency has been located in the capital city’s downtown area since its founding in 1961.
Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods' wholly-owned subsidiary, Jones Film Video, will join in the move, occupying a building that has been the location of Mr. Cool’s Clothing, directly across Main Street on the southeast corner of the Third and Main intersection. The Fulk Building has been home to Bennett’s Military Supply.
The Fulk Building (top) and the "Mr. Cool" building (bottom) at the intersection of Third and
Main Streets in Downtown Little Rock.
Details of the relocation were finalized and revealed on Thursday, February 27. The plan is to move to the new location in mid- to late 2015. CJRW is currently located at 303 West Capitol Avenue. Jones Film Video is located at the intersection of Sixth and Chester Streets in Little Rock.
Wayne Woods, chairman and chief executive officer of CJRW, said negotiations for the property were conducted with Terraforma, Inc., a land acquisition and development firm in Little Rock. He said the decision reflects a commitment the agency has had to downtown Little Rock throughout its nearly 53-year history.
“Our agency has always been located in the heart of downtown and we have been looking at several options for the better part of a year now. When we considered what we will need moving forward, the Third and Main location made all the sense in the world," Woods said. "To the extent that our move will advance all that is going on in the Main Street corridor, we are very pleased. Downtown has been good to us and we have always been a champion of downtown.”
Woods said the two buildings will be renovated in anticipation of the agency’s move.
“In essence, we will be creating two new structures by installing infrastructure required to accommodate our state-of-the-art technology and creating an atmosphere and environment that is comfortable and conducive to maximum productivity for our staff and clients,” said Woods.
Doug Meyer of Terraforma said CJRW’s leases are an indication of confidence and investment in the redevelopment of downtown Little Rock.
“To have a company with the history and reputation of Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods move to the Main Street corridor speaks volumes about what is going on in that area,” said Meyer.
Jim Dailey of Flake & Kelley, the commercial real estate firm handling the transaction, called the CJRW announcement “a watershed moment” in the development of downtown Little Rock.
“When you consider what Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods has meant to this city and state, and that their new locations will essentially be the ‘front door’ of the Main Street corridor that is being redeveloped, it speaks volumes about the future of downtown Little Rock,” said Dailey, a former Little Rock mayor.
Terraforma has selected Jameson Associates, P.A., of Little Rock as the architect for the project. Meyer said an announcement concerning construction will be made when those plans are finalized.