GC Buying Group has moved the 2021 Start the Year Member Conference and Vendor Showcase to March 24 and 25, 2021, at the Dallas Market Center. The event, originally scheduled to be held in January, will take place during the March edition of the Total Gift & Home Show taking place March 24 to 26, alongside the Apparel & Accessories Market.
Janis Johnson, founder and president of GC Buying Group, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, said the shift in dates was based on continued concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson said the decision was made after several discussions with vendor and store members, and careful planning with the Dallas Market Center team.
“We knew in our heart of hearts that this was the right thing to do to serve our members in a safe and healthy way,” said Johnson. “We were fortunate that there was a DMC market scheduled at that time and with the International Home + Housewares Show move to August, we felt this was a good decision. We are really hoping for a good March event but realize so much will hinge on getting COVID cases under control.”
Johnson announced earlier this year that GC Buying Group, a Dallas-based company, would be hosting its Start the Year Event in Dallas. At the time, Johnson said that logistically, hosting in Dallas would make good sense so that the business could make decisions as needed, especially during the pandemic.
“We are so thankful that we are able to make this change with the support of the Dallas Market Center,” she added.
GC Buying Group will release additional details of the March Start The Year Event as they are finalized.