IFurn.com CEO says company going out of business due to Internet competition

WICHITA — IFurn.com, a company that CEO Tracy Norris last year said was poised for growth, is going out of business.

“iFurn has proudly served customers across the nation for 17 years and delivered quality home and office furniture right to your door,” Norris wrote in an e-mailed response to Have You Heard?

In that e-mail and in one he sent to customers on Feb. 27, Norris wrote:

“Regrettably, iFurn.com, Inc. has been forced to cease day-to-day business activity. This has been caused by deteriorating sales activity and increased competition within the internet.”

Norris started iFurn.com in 1998 to sell home and office furniture. Last year, he told The Eagle the company had sales of more than $12.5 million in 2012.

Norris also reported sales of about $2.5 million for his other main company, PainReliever.com, which sells a variety of medical products to consumers and businesses.

It’s not clear if or how that company may be affected by iFurn’s struggles.

A former chiropractor, Norris sold his practice and began devoting his work full time to Internet companies in 2007.

Both of Norris’ companies have been named to Inc’s 5,000 fastest-growing companies list: iFurn.com in 2008 and Pain Reliever in 2010.

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Complete Landscaping Systems purchases Green Thumb

petersWICHITA — In a move that could make it the area’s largest grounds maintenance company, Complete Landscaping Systems has purchased Green Thumb for almost $1 million.

“It’s in a strategic position for sales because they brought in with them some key accounts we were interested in pursuing,” says Peter Salmeron, who owns Complete Landscaping.

Green Thumb has $2.6 million in annual sales.

This year, Complete Landscaping had almost $10 million in sales. With the acquisition of some additional national accounts and the purchase of Green Thumb, Salmeron expects sales to double in 2010 to almost $20 million.

Earlier this year, Inc. magazine named Complete Landscaping No. 1,582 on its annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America.

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Peter Salmeron’s reaction when he learned that his Complete Landscaping Systems made No. 1,582 on Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America