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IMC sets re-opening

 8 June 2020     HGO Staff 

HIGH POINT, North Carolina – International Market Centers (IMC) has announced the re-opening of its showroom buildings here as well as the World Market Center in Las Vegas on 15 June 2020. The AmericasMart in Atlantic was re-opened today.

In a statement, the company said access to the campuses, which have been restricted to tenants, staff and buyers by appointment-only in compliance with government orders, will be open to the trade so long as IMC’s health and safety protocols are observed.

“Health and safety remain top of mind as we move to reopen our campuses,” IMC chief executive officer Bob Maricich said. “We strongly believe that we all have a duty to operate with an abundance of caution to help curb the spread of this virus, and we have worked diligently to find the appropriate balance between protecting the health of our IMC team members, our customers and our communities, while also helping our customers and our industries return to business.”

Seen here, the World Market Center, home to the twice-yearly Las Vegas Market will re-open on 15 June, its owners have announced. Visitors will be subjected to enhanced post-COVID safety precautions.Access to the campuses is governed by IMC’s Together Safely Master Plan which details procedures for its facilities, staff, customers and third-party vendors through a four-phase reopening. For the resumption of open-year-round buying, IMC has developed new contactless registration procedures and is now requiring the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) while on campus. Physical mitigants include expanded sanitization policies and the implementation of social distancing and traffic control measures.

Together Safely was created by a cross-functional team of IMC staff and vetted by state and municipal officials and an epidemiologist from the School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in Atlanta. It is a living document that will be revisited, reviewed, and revised on an ongoing basis as developments in the impact of COVID-19 may require. The full 30-page Together Safely plan is available at as a reference for buyers and a guide for tenants as they develop their own procedures.

In High Point, the company owns and operates many of the building that participate in the High Point Market including: 300 E. Green St.; 300 S. Main St.; Commerce & Design Building; Furniture Plaza; Historic Market Square; International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC); Klaussner on Hamilton; Market Square Textile Tower; National Furniture Mart; Plaza Suites; Showplace; the Suites at Market Square; and five on Hamilton Street – 121, 200, 320 and 330 N. Hamilton St., and 129 S. Hamilton St.

The World Market Center is home to the twice-yearly Las Vegas Market, the delayed summer 2020 edition of which will open for its normal five-day run on 30 August.

The next edition of the High Point Market will begin on 13 October and run for nine days.

About 50 or so Canadian furniture and home furnishings resources are expected to exhibit at the Las Vegas Market and approximately 80 will show at High Point. 

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