WICHITA — After not quite five years in business, ACI Design Studio is closing.
Former Abode Home manager Brent Dorrah had the idea for Abode Commercial Interiors and convinced Transitions Group owner Bill Jackson to start the company around the time Abode converted to an event center. The upscale furniture store is in Jackson's Domestic Design Building at 1425 E. Douglas.
"The store's been improving each year, and as a matter of fact, we've had our best year ever this year," Dorrah says.
However, he says, "We've still struggled."
Dorrah says it's been a challenging period in the industry, and Internet sales are now more popular than ever.
"We've just struggled to kind of get towards profitability basically each year," he says. "I don't think there's any one reason."
Dorrah says "that's the sad reason" behind the closure. There's a happier reason, though.
Transitions Group also owns Furniture Options and ExecuStay.
"They're doing extremely well," Dorrah says. "They're experiencing a lot of growth. ... Fiscally, it makes more sense for us to focus our energies on those businesses."