HIGH POINT, North Carolina – The online registration desk for the upcoming Spring 2021 edition of the High Point Market (HPM) is now open for furniture and home furnishings buyers from both Canada and the United States as well as exhibitors, other industry professionals, members of the press and students, the organizers have announced. The event is set to open on Saturday, June 5 for its normal five-day run.
Industry professionals interested in attending can visit www.highpointmarket.org/register.
Originally scheduled for April, the new June dates for the spring market were announced this past December in anticipation of an improving pandemic situation, vaccine availability, and less travel restrictions, in addition to an improving supply chain situation, which has greatly impacted the industry for the past several months.
Approximately 80 Canadian companies – including casual dining powerhouse Canadel, solid wood specialist Durham and motion upholstery giant Palliser among others – have permanent showrooms scattered throughout the 180 or building that make up the market.
It should be noted it is not yet known whether the Canadian government will ease international travel rules before the spring market opens.
In a statement, the organizers also noted the spring market will usher in a return to the typical five-day schedule – from Saturday through Wednesday – for the twice-yearly furniture trade event. The 2020 fall market was expanded this past October to nine days as a safety measure, but will not be repeated.
Excepting the four additional days, the High Point Market Authority (HPMA) anticipates a return of all the safety measures put in place this past fall. The #HPMKTsafe Initiative for spring 2021 includes mandatory face coverings, reduced capacity restrictions, daily health checks, and a number of other precautions. More details about them can be found at www.highpointmarket.org/hpmktsafe.
“This pandemic has given witness to the resiliency of our industry, and we’re thrilled the resources here in High Point have been a vital lifeline in the effort to keep our industry moving forward,” HPMA president and chief executive officer Tom Conley said. “We look forward to welcoming even more industry members back to market in 2021.”
There are currently no furniture industry events scheduled in Canada. The spring edition of the Las Vegas Market is scheduled to be held in that city’s World Market Center from April 11 to 15.
Online registration for the High Point Market will remain open until June 9, but Canadian attendees are encouraged to register by May 7 so their pass can be mailed in advance. Questions can be directed to (336) 869-1000 or [email protected].
The event’s fall 2021 edition will be held from October 16 to 20.