Following a booming 2016, Article is relocating its headquarters this summer from its current home in Vancouver’s Railtown district to the industrious Strathcona neighbourhood to accommodate ongoing growth.
“We experienced more than 6X growth in 2016 which meant that we needed to find a space that could accommodate our continued growth,” said Aamir Baig, CEO.
The 115,000-square-foot restored historic building will provide Article with the office space and regional distribution facilities it says it needs. The upper level of the building will be an open-concept office and provide space for Article’s in-house photography team. The space has a modern-industrial aesthetic, featuring exposed wood timber and concrete, and will be outfitted with Article furniture.
“We’re expanding in every aspect of our business: We’re hiring more staff, we’re increasing our product range and we’re developing new technologies to make the process for buying designer furniture more efficient,” said Baig.
Article currently has 80 employees. By the end of this year, the company expects 150. The new headquarters will accommodate up to 300 employees.
“A new, larger office space was necessary at this stage in our growth, and we wanted to find a location that checked off all of the boxes on our wish list,” Baig said.
A research and development center will be part of the new facility, allowing the Article team to test and validate new ideas before implementing them across its warehouse network.
“2017 is going to be an important year for us, and expanding our office resources and building our warehouse network are the first steps we’re taking to set ourselves up for ongoing success,” said Baig.
Last year, Article delivered more than 25,000 orders, and since the start of 2017 has already shipped more than 9,000 orders.