With government restrictions, economic difficulties and other factors arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the High Point Market Authority has canceled the Spring High Point Market, which was to take place June 12-14.
The next High Point Market will run from October 17 to 21.
In March, HPMA postponed the spring market, originally slated for April, pushing it back until June to allow for the possibility that conditions stemming from the coronavirus outbreak would improve in time for the show to occur. HPMA will continue acting on plans to promote spring product introductions through digital channels including a special website section, articles, e-newsletters, social media posts and webinars. The market authority also is working with industry partners to develop creative programs and resources to assist in ongoing information sharing.
Major buildings and individual showrooms in the High Point, NC, market district that can welcome buyers during non-market periods will likely open for appointments at some point over the summer, HPMA noted, once government regulations ease sufficiently to allow the buildings to do so.
“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 such is not the case,” said Dudley Moore, Jr., chairman of the HPMA board of directors.
Tom Conley, HPMA president and CEO, stated, “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. We now set our sights towards fall market with excitement and anticipation to fully welcome the industry back to High Point.”