HIGH POINT, N.C.— Citing the ongoing impacts, government restrictions, and economic difficulties stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the High Point Market Authority has cancelled the spring High Point Market.
The next High Point Market is scheduled for Oct. 17–21.
Originally scheduled for April, HPMA postponed the spring residential furniture market until June in the hope that conditions would improve. HPMA notes more than 75,000 people from around the world typically attend the twice-yearly home furnishings show in High Point, North Carolina. The show boasts more than 2,000 exhibitors, spread across 80 buildings and 12 million square feet of show space.
“While our hope was that restrictions enacted in March would improve the situation enough to allow for a June show, it is clear now that recovery will take longer than originally projected,” stated Dudley Moore, Jr., chairman of the High Point Market Authority’s board of directors and president of Otto & Moore.
“It was an incredibly difficult decision, but cancellation is the most prudent course of action given the current circumstances and was unanimously approved by our executive committee,” said Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “We now set our sights towards Fall Market with excitement and anticipation to fully welcome the industry back to High Point.”
HPMA officials said they will continue with plans to promote spring product introductions through a variety of digital channels, including a special website section, articles, e-newsletters, social media posts, and webinars. They are additionally working with industry partners to develop creative programs and resources to assist in ongoing information sharing.
The organization noted major buildings and individual showrooms available to buyers during non-Market times will likely open for appointments at some point over the summer, once government regulations ease to allow the buildings to reopen.
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