The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced High Point Market Authority to cancel the spring furniture market that was tentatively scheduled for June. The next High Point Market will be the fall version, Oct. 17 to 21.
The spring market, originally scheduled for April, was pushed back to June in the hope that public health and economic conditions stemming from the coronavirus outbreak would improve in time. “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.
Major buildings and individual showrooms in the High Point can welcome buyers over the summer if North Carolina regulations ease enough to allow them to, according to the authority.
Tom Conley, HPMA president and CEO, said it was “an incredibly difficult” decision to close the market. “We now set our sights towards fall market with excitement and anticipation to fully welcome the industry back to High Point,” he said.
HFA will be a resource at all future markets
The Home Furnishings Association and its Resource Center will be open at both the July furniture market in Las Vegas and the fall market in High Point. Both Resource Centers will host educational seminars for retailers and will have vendors available to help retailers with their individual needs.
HFA offers its members and other furniture retailers valuable COVID-19 business recovery information here.