By Joe Carrel, Buffalo Exchange HQ
You might assume that a company with 48 (soon to be 50) retail locations nationwide would be headquartered in a glossy corporate high-rise. Not Buffalo Exchange. Heck, you could easily walk right past our headquarters without even noticing it. That’s because no one expects a company this large to be housed in, well, a house. Actually, seven of ‘em. Come see the neighborhood that makes up Buffalo Exchange HQ.
The company began as a 400 square foot store in Tucson, Arizona back in 1974, and Tucson has remained our home base ever since. A lone corner house served as the offices until the one next door became available — then the one next to it; eventually the company owned seven adjoining houses. The fences were removed, resulting in one giant back yard. Each house is home to a different department – human resources in one house, next door to marketing, next door to administration, etc.
As the company outgrew those houses it branched out to additional locations in the same neighborhood. A former mining company building serves as home to our accounting and I.T. staff, while a small strip mall houses our warehouse crew and purchasing department. While electric-powered carts are available for hauling materials, the three locations all remain within walking distance.
Each month the headquarters shuts down for a couple hours as its 70 or so employees gather together for a shared lunch, as well as some combination of playful presentations, crafts, and games. No, it may not seem as initially impressive as a glossy corporate high-rise, but this low-key, relaxed atmosphere makes for a company that people enjoy working for and want to remain with.