The Chicago DMB&B office was hit hard by the loss of its Amoco Oil Co. account earlier this year. Richard Hopple, president-North America, said the shutdown will enable DMB&B to focus its capabilities on its other two Midwest offices, St. Louis and Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The St. Louis office has also suffered client losses in the past year, including Anheuser-Busch and Blockbuster Video, which DMB&B moved to its New York office last month. Blockbuster is in the middle of an agency review. DMB&B said its Chicago office had billings of $128 million in 1994.
Separately, DMB&B has bought 20% of ARS Publicidad Caracas, one of Venezuela's oldest ad agencies. The two agencies have cooperated with each other for the past five years.