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January 9, 2024

Growth of workforce spurs retail tech provider FieldStack’s move to larger HQ

COURTESY / FIELDSTACK FieldStack founder and CEO Brett Wickard, seen here in 2021, plans to move the Portland tech company to larger headquarters in South Portland.

It took about half a year, but FieldStack — a Portland software company that supplies data and analytics to retail clients — found the right location for larger headquarters just 5 miles away.

Founded in 2013 by Brett Wickard, FieldStack is planning to move from 19 Arbor St. in Portland to 179 John Roberts Road, not far from the Maine Mall in South Portland.

The move is expected to take place in February, Wickard told Mainebiz.

FieldStack provides a cloud-based suite of lean retail applications built to work together and leverage real-time data, advanced analytics and automation. The company serves mid-sized and large retailers such as specialty shops and department stores. 

Wickard is also known as the founder of Bull Moose, a Portland-based music and entertainment retailer that opened in 1989. He sold Bull Moose to its employees two years ago and stepped down as CEO.

Move to 179 John Roberts Road 

In its search, the company was looking for a larger space with “a solid collaborative layout,” he said.

Additionally, “Since our service supports retailers, being around more retailers is an additional benefit,” he said.

aerial of low building
Courtesy / The Boulos Co.
FieldStack will move into a larger space at 179 John Roberts Road in South Portland.

The company’s growth is driving the move. In 2021, FieldStack had  34 employees. In 2023, the company hired 12 people and it currently has four open positions.

What’s driving the growth? 

“Retailers are seeing the benefits of using our completely unified platform — it's less complex, they save money, and can move quicker than their competitors,” Wickard said.

FieldStack's leased, 10,000-square-foot space at 179 John Roberts Road is larger than the 8,332-square-foot brick-and-beam building at 19 Arbor St., providing room for expansion to accommodate future growth. The overall building size is about 59,000 square feet.

Getting into the South Portland location involves a bit of renovations, but the site was already close to suiting FieldStack’s needs, Wickard said.

Selling 19 Arbor St.

Working with a broker, Wickard listed 19 Arbor St. for $1.795 million. Drew Sigfridson, Claire Richardson and Reese McFarlane at the Boulos Co. are handling the listing.

brick building with large green doors
Courtesy / The Boulos Co.
The Boulos Co. has listed FieldStack’s original headquarters, at 19 Arbor St. in Portland, for $1.795 million.

The building at 19 Arbor St. dates back to 1902 and was once the city’s Engine House No. 9. It comes with three parcels totaling 0.64 acres. 

big space with rug, desks, chair, and shelves
Courtesy / The Boulos Co.
At 19 Arbor St., FieldStack worked with consultants to preserve original architectural details while modernizing the building to work well as an office.

During his time there, many of the building’s original features were restored to functional use, including the slate roof and exterior cobblestones. The property has parking and prospects for further development, according to the listing.

“We worked with consultants to preserve as many of the original architectural details as possible, while modernizing the building to work well as an office,” said Wickard. 

hall and stairs with woodwork and door and pictures
Courtesy / The Boulos Co.
The brick-and-beam building at 19 Arbor St., dating back to 1902, underwent renovations under Wickard’s ownership.

He added, “We’ll really miss this place, but it will be a wonderful space for a startup or small business. There’s great karma here.”

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