The High Point Market Authority said that the Spring High Point Market has been postponed with consideration of moving the event to early June if public health conditions improve.
HPMA stated that it had been monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak and determined to heed public guidance offered by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and act in the interest of stakeholder and industry member safety as well as that of the population in and around High Point, NC.
Dudley Moore, Jr., High Point Market Authority board chairman and president of Otto & Moore, noted, “The decision was difficult, as any change in date could have tremendous economic repercussions on our industry and community, as well as the countless small businesses whose livelihoods rely on High Point Market but underscores our shared concern and well-being of the citizens in our community and our industry partners.”
Tom Conley, HPMA president and CEO, said, “Our board of directors will continue to monitor the situation, and we will remain in communication with the proper medical and elected officials. Our aim is to have a decision in early May as to if market can occur, given the uncertainties of this rapidly evolving situation.”
As a result of the decision, online registration has been postponed, with the plan to reopen once the new plan has been put in place.
International Market Centers, which operates major showroom buildings used for High Point Market, including the International Home Furnishings Center, reiterated the HPMA postponement of the Spring High Point Market.
“The situation with COVID-19 has been evolving daily, and we have been navigating business decisions based on concerns about the health and safety of our customers and employees, as well as the overall well-being of our industries,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “While we had hoped to host all of our upcoming markets on their original dates, we are taking action to postpone events in order to mitigate any issues related to this virus.”
He added that the hope is a pause in market operation would help ensure safety “and allow for normalcy to return to our industries. In the meantime, IMC_di, our newly formed digital innovation division, is exploring digital solutions to help our customers stay in contact while the physical market schedules are in flux. While we prepare for these new dates, we will continue to update our website— imcenters.com— so that we can continually provide any additional new information to all of our customers and clients.”
High Point Market has been ongoing since its founding in 1909 and only cancelled once before in 1942 at the onset of World War II.