HPMA shifts spring High Point Market to June 5-9

IMC, in turn, postpones the winter Las Vegas Market to April 11-15, summer market to Aug. 22-26; High Point Premarket moves to April 25-27

HIGH POINT — The High Point Market Authority is postponing the spring Market, originally slated for April 17-21, to June 5-9, recognizing both supply chain issues disrupting furniture shipments and COVID-19 vaccines that will take a while to reach the broad population.

“We are encouraged by the recent headlines about COVID-19 vaccines, but realistic about its impact on a spring timeframe, as the rollout will be slow.” HPMA President and CEO Tom Conley said in a statement.
“Coupled with the reality within our industry regarding supply shortages and manufacturing/shipping disruptions, the board of directors agreed it would be  most beneficial to delay Spring Market until June.”
A called board meeting took place Monday to discuss the potential date change suggested by several exhibitors, HPMA said, with board members unanimously approving the shift. The association posted a graphic today with the new dates and the words “remix, refresh, reimagine.”

International Market Centers, in turn, has shifted dates for both its winter and summer Las Vegas markets—to April 11-15 and Aug. 22-26, respectively. The High Point Premarket committee later announced the March event will move to April 25-27.

“While our safety measures proved effective this past fall, allowing more time this upcoming spring for the pandemic situation to improve and travel restrictions to ease makes sense,” said Dudley Moore, Jr., HPMA board chairman and president of Otto & Moore.

“The industry will also benefit from a few additional weeks for product manufacturing and shipping. Our paramount objective of prioritizing the health and safety of both industry members and the High Point  community remains, while also allowing us to continue supporting ongoing business.”

Registration for the market will open in late February at www.highpointmarket.org. The following fall High Point Market remains scheduled for October 16-20.

Earlier this year, HPMA canceled the 2020 spring market in the face of the ongoing pandemic, but it was replaced in mid-June by a so-called “mini-market,” organized by exhibitors and reportedly well-received by participating vendors and retailers.

Clint Engel

Clint Engel is a veteran home furnishings industry journalist and executive editor of Home News Now. Please share your feedback with him at clint@homenewsnow.com

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