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Digital commerce consulting firm SUMO Heavy Industries today announced the opening of its new headquarters in the Old City district of Philadelphia. Founded in 2010 by local entrepreneurs Bart Mroz and Bob Brodie, the new office marks SUMO Heavy’s return to its roots in the “City of Brotherly Love,” having previously moved its headquarters to New York City for the past six years.
“I love the hustle and bustle of NYC but Philly has always been home to not only myself but also the SUMO brand,” said Bart Mroz, co-founder and CEO of SUMO Heavy. “As we ramp up for growth over the next 12 months, we had an opportunity to consolidate our co-working offices and build our first dedicated office. This is a huge milestone for us and we’re really excited to be back in the city that gave us our start.”
The new office is located in the Creative Arts building, just off 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, which is widely regarded as one of the most important places in American history. Known for its vibrant arts scene with many restaurants, art galleries, and monthly First Friday events, the area’s unique blend of culture and history make it an ideal location for local businesses to draw inspiration. The building is adjacent to the Arden Theatre Company and the historic Christ Church, which was founded in 1695.
The office’s open floor plan will allow SUMO Heavy to add desks to accommodate the company’s growing team, as well as provide ample space for project collaboration. The industrial style loft space features high ceilings, exposed brick, and large windows with views of Old City. Clients and guests can enjoy the office’s spacious lounge area, while team members have daily access to a fully-fitted kitchen, a full bathroom complete with a shower, a separate private conference room, as well as a washer and dryer.
The office also features a professional podcast studio where Mroz and John Suder, SUMO’s creative director, record their popular retail and tech-focused podcast series The eCommerce Minute.
Mroz adds, “We’ve been working out of co-working spaces since the beginning, which is great for early-stage businesses because they offer flexibility and tons of amenities, but we’re now entering a new stage of the company. Besides, nothing beats having your own place with your name on the door.”
In addition to a new office, SUMO Heavy has also launched an updated website, which will allow the firm to better showcase its services, as well as share company news and industry insights on a regular basis.
Since launching in 2010, SUMO Heavy’s diverse team of strategists, consultants, designers and developers has helped e-commerce retailers build successful brands and create online retail solutions with proven results. In the coming year, the company will continue to serve its existing clientele, as well as take on a variety of new projects and strike new partnerships with businesses local to the Philadelphia area.