Integrated Facilities Group to open the Back Room retail outlet downtown

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

WICHITA — Integrated Facilities Group has had an unexpected bonus in its relatively new space at 125 S. Washington, which is just south of Ribbit Computers at the southwest corner of Douglas and Washington.

"We've experienced a huge amount of walk-in traffic," says Jessica Powers, IFG's marketing, development and workspace coordinator.

"We wanted to take advantage of that."

So the company is opening the Back Room as a retail furniture outlet for the business.

The bulk of IFG's business is contract work that takes months or may even be years in the works, such as outfitting an entire new building with furniture.

The company, which is in its 25th year of business, moved from 1214 E. Second St. almost a year and a half ago. Its space jumped from 2,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet.

"A lot of our business is based on what people see in our showroom," Powers says. "Being able to show everything ... is important. It just makes everything so much easier."

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