The High Point Market Authority has announced that beginning in Spring 2016, the High Point Market will close on Wednesday instead of Thursday. The organization also announced that it was changing the dates for the Fall 2016 High Point Market due to the timing of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, shifting it from the original dates of October 15 to 19 to October 22 to 26.
As for the length-of-duration change, market openings will continue to fall on Saturdays. According to HPMA, more than 85% of exhibitors responding to a survey agreed with the elimination of Thursday from the market schedule.
“In recent years, we have noticed that attendance has been light on the Thursday at the end of market week, and buyers coming to shop that day have been frustrated by showrooms closing early,” said Doug Bassett, president of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture and chairman of the market authority board. “So the board decided it would best to remove Thursday from the official schedule. We also recognize that the Friday before market officially opens has become a significant day for many buyers and vendors. While we are not changing Saturday as the opening day, our literature will alert first-time attendees that they may be able to see some vendors if they make an appointment on Friday, the day before market officially opens.”
High Point Market dates for 2016 will now be April 16-20 in the spring and October 22-26 in the fall.