The High Point Market Authority has set new dates for the postponed Spring 2020 High Point Market, with June 12 to 14 targeted.
Scheduled originally for April 25 to 29 in High Point, NC, the market postponement came on the advice of North Carolina governor Roy Cooper, who, due to the coronavirus outbreak, cancelled all events that draw an attendance of 100 or more . The condensed June market will run for three days rather than the usual five and from Friday through Sunday rather than in the usual format. It will include minimal programming and maintain a focus on showroom appointments and sales meetings.
All spring market passes mailed to those who were prepared to attend the initially scheduled show will qualify holders for entrance to the June show. The new registration fee for industry passes remains in effect, HPMA stated, but attendees will not have to pay the onsite processing fee.
Given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and with no set time parameters set for imposed restrictions to contain it, including on large gatherings, HPMA stated that it would reassess the ongoing situation in mid May and announce a final decision on holding the event no later than May 15. Should the situation allow, online registration will reopen on May 15.
“We’re choosing to focus on the positive and look at this as an opportunity for exhibitors and buyers alike to really hone in on the foundational element upon which market was built, the buy/sell relationship,” said Dudley Moore, Jr., chairman of the HPMA board. “With minimal programming on the schedule, the relational aspect of the product sourcing cycle will truly shine, and attending buyers will have more time in their schedules to explore new vendors, visit parts of market they usually don’t have time for and hopefully grow their product prospect list as a result.”
Tom Conley, HPMA president, stated, “The decision to postpone was inevitable as the situation evolved last week, but still not made lightly. We look forward with hope and are focusing on actionable solutions that will best support our buyers, exhibitors and our industry as a whole. Our industry and community have weathered storms before, and I am confident that we will all get through this together. ”