When the High Point Market opens on April 22, participants will discover that several home furnishings exhibitors are debuting new addresses and refreshed spaces.
Christopher Guy will officially unveil a new 20,000-square-foot building at 129 South Hamilton Street with an April 21 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The building, owned by International Market Centers, is the first ground-up construction specifically developed for market since 2005.
A new multi-tenant destination dubbed Mill Village Collective, located in an historic building formerly used as a textile mill at 1014 Mill Avenue, is set to debut. It has been the flagship showroom for Los Angeles-based Cisco Brothers since 2008 but now functions as a space for new-to-market exhibitors.
New-York based Art Addiction, a producer of high-end artwork, has invested more than $1 million in a new permanent High Point showroom located at 118 West Russell Avenue. The 11,000-square-foot building will be the largest-ever art showroom in High Point.
Other exhibitors making new showroom moves include Elements International, which is moving to 411 South Main Street, a historic building that once housed the High Point Public Library and more recently was home to the Swaim Design Center and Christopher Guy. Prints Charming Soho has purchased and is occupying 325 North Main Street, formerly Adam’s Furniture. Bennett Galleries is moving to 315 West Russell Avenue, New Growth Designs is moving to 422 North Hamilton Street, Luke Leather is moving to 401 South Wrenn Street and Olliix/JFA Home is renovating and moving into the former post office building at 100 East Green Drive.
In multi-tenant buildings, exhibitors also are moving to accommodate their operational needs. International Market Centers reports several major expansions, including one initiated by Mercana, which is moving from a 5,800-square-foot showroom in the Showplace building to a 21,000-square-foot showroom in the International Home Furnishings Center. Palacek is increasing its IHFC showroom space by more than 3,000-square-feet and Standard is expanding its Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines showroom in the International Home Furnishings Center by more than 3,000-square-feet.
“We’re witnessing the largest expansion of showroom space in 10 years,” said Tom Conley, HPMA president and CEO. “Exhibitor companies are bullish to grow sales by enlarging their trade show footprint.”